|Kevin Garnett, PF 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | 0
Doc managed his minutes effectively enough to get good contributions from KG throughout the entire game. I thought Garnett distinguished himself on defense, both on pick and rolls and defending the interior. But his efforts often got submarined by his teammates. He needs a long, shot-swatting defender to help him on the front line and fewer wings bursting through the perimeter defense at him.
|Brandon Bass, PF 18 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -21
Had two decent minutes and sixteen empty ones. Doesn’t give you enough on defense or scoring to give you so little on the glass. The (increasingly less) secret weak link in the 2012-13 Celtics rotation.
|Paul Pierce, SF 30 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | -12
Did most of his damage in the first half, which was predictable given the back-to-back. But how about that nasty transition dunk?
|Rajon Rondo, PG 34 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 6 PTS | -17
Weak game for Rondo who was facing San Antonio length, a sharp Tony Parker and his own limits, after tough nights against Dallas and Houston. Defense and turnovers (7) again a problem.
|Courtney Lee, SG 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -12
His shot has come round and he enters the second quarter of the season with more purposeful energy on the offensive end. Had one nice strong take for an and-one layup.
|Jared Sullinger, PF 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +1
Did serious pine time in the second half after an effective first half on the boards. Seems destined for short minutes for the reasons you’d expect: his defense and trouble against length, both of which were issues tonight.
|Jeff Green, PF 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -1
That fourth quarter productivity spurt didn’t fool me. Green was a non-entity tonight.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 13 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -9
Wilcox must have gotten a tongue-lashing after last night’s soft performance. He set a couple of chilling screens (including one that knocked Ginobili out of the game). However, he always seems emotionally distant from the game and his defense is usually problematic. Between Wilcox, Bass and Sully, Doc Rivers has three wildly imperfect options at the big spots. Add Green and make it quartet.
|Jason Terry, SG 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +1
First half delight. Second half blight.
|Leandro Barbosa, SG 9 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -5
Which comes first — the production or the playing time?