|Kevin Garnett, PF 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +1Pretty run of the mill effort from Mr. Garnett and that by no means is a bad thing. He clearly enjoyed playing beside the defensive minded Collins, but the two of them were beat up badly on the defensive glass, which continues a trend for the past few games for KG. I’ll take good defense any day over subpar defensive rebounding and that’s what KG at the four with Collins gives the C’s. He also bears some responsibility for being on the floor during the massive comeback by the Cavs in the second half.|
|Paul Pierce, SF 34 MIN | 13-16 FG | 8-8 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 40 PTS | +29Are there any more pluses available for Pierce? He deserved them tonight. The best part about his performance tonight wasn’t the 40 points in my opinion. It’s that he did EVERYTHING well on the floor. The model of efficiency (16 shots, 8 FTA), Pierce facilitated on offense (five assists) helped crash the glass (8 boards), didn’t turn the ball over. It was beauty in motion. I know it was against one of the worst defensive teams in the league without their best center, but still what a sight to behold.|
|Jason Collins, C 23 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | +23The starting debut for Mr. Defense at the center spot. Loved the shot selection (haha), the rebounding as I discussed in my post Tuesday will also leave something to be desired, but Collins knows how to defend and has for years. The Cavs shot 41 percent as a team and Boston was not a revolving door on defense when the big man was in the game. That’s progress and more than likely will earn him a few more starts here. Hell, nothing else has been working.|
|Rajon Rondo, PG 37 MIN | 7-11 FG | 6-10 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 20 PTS | +22Still was a bit sloppy with the ball, but I love that the offensive aggression carried over from the Chicago game. 10 trips to the free throw line is a season-high for the point guard and when the bench isn’t showing up on the offensive end, the C’s really benefited from the added offense from their All-Star point guard.|
|Jason Terry, SG 35 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +18Welcome back to the starting lineup. Terry gets added back into the starting five to spread the floor more with the non-factor Collins out there, as well as the fact that Collins will help hide his defensive miscues on the other end. Like Pierce, an efficient night from a crafty veteran. Team still needs to figure out how to get him the ball with space to maneuver more consistently.|
|Jeff Green, PF 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -17All that goodwill that Paul Pierce built up in the third quarter with that 20-point lead in the TD Garden? Green put a stop to that. The fact I feel like I might be going easy on him with the D+ is not a good sign.|
|Jared Sullinger, PF 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -3The only offensive boards for the night for Boston came from Sullinger. There weren’t many to be had on a night the C’s shot 60 percent but still somewhat concerning. With Bass not shooting particularly well, wouldn’t mind seeing whether the rookie can handle a heavier minutes load alongside Collins/KG.|
|Brandon Bass, PF 27 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +3Was part of the C’s second unit meltdown in the second half, paired with KG on the floor. Averaging just four points on 32 percent shooting in his past five games. Folks, I think we may have a slump on our hands.|
|Courtney Lee, SG 20 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -9Showed some nice bouts of aggressiveness, but the turnovers (3) need to stop.|
|Leandro Barbosa, SG 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7Meh.|
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