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Back to .500: Bucks 99, Celtics 94 (OT) Full Grades

 
Milwaukee Bucks 99 Final

Recap | Box Score

94 Boston Celtics
Kevin Garnett, PF 38 MIN | 6-22 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -9  

Tough shooting nights happen, but boy did KG miss some bunnies tonight. Riding him through most of the fourth quarter and all of overtime did not pay off, as KG was running on E most of the game late. With Milwaukee having so many active rebounders down low, really a bad night for Sullinger to battle through foul trouble, and it came at the expense of KG’s minutes. The lift hasn’t been there the past few games, and it’s shown with his rebounding.

Paul Pierce, SF 43 MIN | 13-23 FG | 6-8 FT | 12 REB | 5 AST | 35 PTS | +3   

What can you say about The Truth? 75 points over two games, as he carried this offense on its back tonight, but didn’t get enough help elsewhere to make it enough. The only reason he gets docked a half grade is because of the six turnovers, but boy was the captain trying to do it all again. 12 boards, incredibly active on defense, a game-tying shot in regulation that unfortunately will not matter. It’s painful to see games like these go to waste for this team.

Jason Collins, C 15 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -4    

50 minutes played for Jason Collins the past three games. 0 shot attempts. With that said, he did his job, but with Doc searching for offense tonight from anywhere, this wasn’t a night where JC gets a lot of run. With that said, it would be nice if Collins could rebound adequately, but he hasn’t been able to do it for years.

Rajon Rondo, PG 45 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 11 AST | 6 PTS | -1   

Would have liked RR to be more aggressive with his shot, given the shooting struggles JT and Terry went through, but he was getting them open looks as Doc mentioned after the game, so it’s tough to complain too much. He did an admirable job on Jennings all night, which was a refreshing change of pace and grabbed some big boards late to expend possessions.

Jason Terry, SG 32 MIN | 1-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -10   

I hate to drop the F on JT but when you are a minus defender and miss 14 of your 15 shots, that isn’t going to work. Like he would with Ray Allen, Doc clearly had faith in him late, calling a couple plays for him in the fourth quarter, but the guy just did not have it tonight. With his second 1-for-12 performance in the past month, let’s hope he is staying away from that cliff against shooting guards tend to fall off of.

Jeff Green, PF 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +7   

Had one of his best sequences of the season in the first half, with a charge, a couple steals and a few strong takes mixed in as well, before settling for jumpers in the second half. With that said, C’s will take this line from him everyday of the week if he can do it consistently. Suffered a bruised cheek and chipped teeth courtesy of that elbow Illyasova dropped on him late in overtime, so chances are he’s questionable for Tuesday.

Jared Sullinger, PF 14 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -1   

Tough to blame the guy for the 14 minute foul out, given half of the whistles on him were questionable calls. Team really could have used his boarding late in this one, but he needs to play a little smarter when he’s in foul trouble to avoid putting himself in tough spots.

Brandon Bass, PF 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -9   

MISSING: JUMP SHOT,

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Courtney Lee, SG 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -1

Like Green, a great first half, but faded later on when the C’s couldn’t find any offense from Terry, KG and company. Was also abused by Monta a couple times in the fourth quarter and overtime, but that’s a tough guard for anyone.

  • elroz

    No KG deserved a C. When KG's shot is not falling..he still does a lot o Defense. Got to grade both sides. At least a C+ or a B- .

    This is the time of the season where, just like in 2010 and 2012 I start to wonder: does Doc even know what the heck he is doing? Other teams do not look as lost and confused and as the Celtics. But then I check myself. I said before the season started – they will need 1/2 a season to play well.

    My only criticism of Doc is this: he talks how it is important to save KG and Pierce…and yet he plays them heavier minutes than needed. If you in fact do adopt an approach to limit their minutes: DO IT. Don't jut say you will. Go with your bench and let come what may…lose a game if you have to. Doc right now is setting himself and the team up for the worst of both worlds: they are losing games PLUS they are playing KG and PP heavier minute…time and time again. That is a wrong approach.

    • WTF

      and he does not know how to play Terry.

      • Phil

        I'd argue that he does know how to play Terry, but that the answer is currently unavailable thanks to shoulder surgery. Terry definitely looks out of place right now though.

        Remember to worship at the alter of Avery, everyone!

  • Switcharoo

    It must be hard not to put your best shooters in for extended play when you watch the lead they built just evaporate when the bench takes the floor. I really don’t know about these new kids man, but I’m all for the turnaround in the second half of the season.
    And praying.
    LET’S GO CELTICS!

  • KOD

    On this team, Rondo has to take more responsibility in terms of getting to the line more consistently, and he absolutely needs to score more. 6 points in 45 mins in no where close to acceptable. That might have been fine a few years ago when he was younger and the Big Three carried the scoring load, but that was then – and this is now. No reason whatsoever he should be scoring less than 16 – 18 points a night. None. From where he was at playoff time last year, he has taken a huge step backwards. And tonight's defensive job on Jennings was a rare exception, as many games this year his man-to-man defense has been less than stellar.

    • Phil

      Couldn't agree more. I think we've figured out that all the people who were parroting the 'Rondo needs a jump shot to be elite' thing the last few years were just full of crap. You know what makes a great offensive player? 3s and free throws. Not long twos. You don't want Rondo being a Pierce like volume shooter from long 2, this team is already full of those kind of players (KG, Bass. Terry and Pierce to a lesser extent because they can step back.) Rondo's hitting long twos at ~50% this year and it's changed nothing.

      The real improvement he needs to make is fouls; drawing them and making them. His free throw rate is pathetic, and it's what's holding his game back right now. There's no reason he should be averaging the same tiny rate as he did when he was a rookie. I really think that improvement could vault him into the stratosphere that people were predicting this year. Not only could he earn an extra 6-8 points a game, we would probably finally be rid of those potential open layup to pass to contested 16 footer assists.

  • Jim

    Jason Terry one for 15 and the guy continues to talk smack about Ray Allen. Ray Allen played hurt last year and I do not remember him shooting 1 for 15. This team is going no where fast.

  • kgainez

    Wait…Rondo…the “leader” of this team gets 6 points and he gets a b? Wow…this grading thing is a joke.

    Was it not obvious by at least the start of the fourth that it was a bad shooting night for 2 of his starters? So then why not be aggressive? He looked just plain lazy and tired out there. I do not understand.

    We cannot handle our inconsistencies until our star pg and floor leader handles his. We got Paul playing like its 2003. We lost by 5. Rondo coulda taken over in ot. I don’t understand. This was a very disappointing loss, but the lack of blame for the real culprits is amazing.

  • CelticsBIG3

    What a waste of another great performance from Pierce. Don't know how many of those he's got left.

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  • Banner 18

    Any thoughts on the possible Lee for Mahimi swap? Poor excuse for a big man in my opinion.

  • skeeds

    I would sooooo trade for Cousins right now. I don't care that he's a spoiled stupid brat. The Kings have obviously no idea what to do with him.
    If KG, PP and Doc can make him act like an adult, (their credentials are good. They made Baby, Nate and DeLonte look like grownups) he has some scary potential.
    If not? yay cap space. It's not like we're contending right now anyway…

  • Josh_5

    Dear Santa,
    For Christmas this year I want:
    - An always aggressive Rondo
    - A healthy Avery Bradley
    - A behaved Demarcus Cousins

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