|Kevin Garnett, PF 27 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -9
I remember KG’s post-game hug of Kevin McHale more than anything he did on the court. That’s unusual but after the long night against Dallas on Wednesday, he had less to give tonight. Still, if more guys on this roster were able to maximize their output like KG, this team would be in far better shape.
|Brandon Bass, PF 23 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -23
Effort doesn’t correlate with effectiveness often enough for Bass. That’s not the first time I’ve written that this season. It won’t be the last. I’m ready to move on if there’s a taker for him.
|Paul Pierce, SF 41 MIN | 5-18 FG | 6-8 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | -16
Between this season and last, we’re now a full 82 regular season games into the new Paul Pierce shooting reality. He’s now at 41.7% from the field and 35% from the arc, his lowest numbers since 03-04. What’s most remarkable, then, is his overall efficiency, which remains high on the back of his rebounding, lowered turnovers and defensive acumen (he was one of the better guys on Harden, age be damned).
|Rajon Rondo, PG 36 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 13 AST | 15 PTS | -12
Lots of nice finds neutered by seven turnovers. Still, the team would have been lost without him tonight on offense. That’s always true but especially so with the elder statesman running low on gas.
|Courtney Lee, SG 27 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -19
The Brandon Bass of shooting guards.
|Jared Sullinger, PF 14 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +4
Sullinger put up 7 points and 6 rebounds in 14 minutes, which makes him, at least on this night, the opposite of Brandon Bass. Unusual effectiveness in short minutes begs for a chance at longer minutes. The defense will remain a problem, when he has to move around to help or up to the perimeter but I’m willing to live with it, particularly once Bradley’s back. Speaking of which, we’re pinning a lot on the kid’s return, aren’t we?
|Jeff Green, PF 25 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +2
Balky shooting but a decent overall effort from Green who pulled down a whole lotta rebounds (per min) given his typical inability to pull down a whole lotta rebounds (in any way). Seems reluctant to take the three from anywhere but the corners. Also, gave us another one of those highlight reel throwdowns. Cannot defend the post.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +6
Got lost on defense a few times. Of course, he wasn’t the only big contributing to the collapses in the team defense tonight.
|Jason Terry, SG 26 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +4
Good hands, good threes.
|Leandro Barbosa, SG 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | +3
Trade fodder or acceptably periodic sparkplug? You decide. At least he’s cheap.