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Boston Celtics 93 Final
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76 Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Garnett, PF 29 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +15
A strong game for KG, primarily on the defensive side of the ball. He got his hands on a lot of balls, came up with two steals and made life miserable for the Nets on the interior and by impeding penetration into the paint. There’s a lot of fun to be had just watching KG’s defense possession after possession.
Paul Pierce, SF 31 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 10 AST | 8 PTS | +6
All the assertion of the last few games but without the shotmaking. We can live with that when Pierce uses the additional defensive attention on him as a means of setting up his teammates for good looks. Including some good on-ball defense, it was a better game than the raw numbers suggest.
Jason Collins, C 13 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -6
He’s filling space until the Celtics get Wilcox back or make a move for another big. Admittedly, he fills a lot of space.
Rajon Rondo, PG 36 MIN | 8-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 19 PTS | +9
His defense has been much improved in recent games, possibly because he’s been freed up with much of the offense being funneled through Pierce and possibly because he recognized the damage he was doing letting opposing points turn the corner on him all night long. A bunch of other nice stuff in the box score, my favorite being the curios: two made three point shots.
Jason Terry, SG 30 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | +10
Terry found his shot, in which most of his value exists.
Jeff Green, PF 28 MIN | 5-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +13
A very good offensive performance for Green in 28 minutes. It’s good to see him using all his tricks (the post game, the hard drive to his right, the transition flush, the three-ball) even as you wonder what he could do with more touches and more consistent minutes. He’s been frustrating all year but I think that’s partly because Doc doesn’t call his number enough.
Jarvis Varnado, PF 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +2
Welcome to the team Jarvis!
Jared Sullinger, PF 33 MIN | 6-7 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +21
Doc finally stretched Sullinger out and he proved himself worthy of the longer minutes with an efficient 16 points on 7 shots. With Bass struggling and Wilcox out of the lineup, Sullinger could see his star rising.
Brandon Bass, PF 19 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +2
His offensive limitations are increasingly a problem. Save for the odd take off the dribble or post-up (the former being more effective than the latter) Bass is basically a spot up shooter at his point. The rebounding (3 in 19 minutes) is also disturbingly familiar. Remains a willing defender, if an oft-confused one.
Kris Joseph, SF 1 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +2
A rare Joseph sighting yesterday. Don’t get used to it.
Courtney Lee, SG 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +11
Defense, dog. It’s all about the defense.
  • IBleedGreen

    KG and Pierce scored 16 total points and we still won. Nice.

  • KevinG

    Thoughts on Jarvis?

    • Vincent

      He was +2… and he's young and athletic, so I love him

    • dslack

      Played good defense, had a steal, … is averaging 48 steals per 48 minutes … I'd say he deserves better than a C.

    • CG12

      My biggest concern about him is that the announcers seem to call him Jarvis "vah-NAR-doh" even though his last name is clearly spelled "var-NAY-doh" or "var-NAH-doh." Troubling.

  • hydrofluoric

    1. Jared Sullinger was a MONSTER this game, loved it!

    2. Jeff Green's production is fool's gold. Let's hope he strings together a few good games in January when he's tradeable and that we can dump his contract in a package for something decent. Guy can stretch the floor reliably now which is a new touch, but ultimately he still can't rebound and doesn't create shots for others well. Can only hope other teams are blinded by the athleticism.

    3. Beautiful Doc Rivers move my friend pointed out that went unnoticed: Joe Johnson hit 2-3 consecutive shots and might have gotten hot in the third or fourth quarter. Almost immediately, Courtney Lee was subbed into the game. Johnson didn't make a basket the rest of the wya.

    4. No one seems to notice it, but Rondo is becoming not just an OK shooter but a LIGHTS OUT shooter at 20-22 feet when he's got the confidence to take it. We all know he can make 3s too – it's time he starts looking for that shot, because when he wants it he gets it good.

    5. We paid $7 million to Brandon Bass and couldn't afford to pay the $3 million to keep Stiemsma… this has gotta make you guys at least a LITTLE sad, right?

    Now let's go break that Clipper streak!

    • Phil

      The Bass/Stiemsma decision was affected by the cap, wasn't it? The Cs could go over the cap to sign Bass, but couldn't for Stiemsma because they didn't have his bird rights? I know Stiemsma was gone after they used their midlevel on Terry and they were over the cap, whether they wanted him back or not.

      Either way, no one thought Bass would be 'this' bad. I was one of the few questioning the contract, but even I thought he could reliably be asked to give you 8 points on >40% shooting/6 rebounds and okay defense. It's gotta be a slump, right? He has an established body of work.

  • Phil

    I would actually argue for an even higher grade for Sullinger. It seemed like every positive run the team made coincided with him coming into the game. They were big positive runs too. Definitely his best game as a Celtic. I've been wondering for a while how he would respond to taking Bass' role, and that game was just about enough to convince me. It might be a little tougher of a decision if Bass wasn't going the opposite way of course.

    It was hard to pick out standout players in this game though, because the defense was the star. That's the kind of defense that this team needs to be a contender, and the kind that I didn't expect to come back until Bradley did.

    • Josh_5

      Thats the first thing I noticed. No way in hell Sully should have gotten an A-. He deserved an A+ for this game.

  • skeeds

    great game for the most part. I was especially pleased to see Green's activity. It's pretty much only an aggressiveness issue with this guy. Whenever he plays hard, he's a whole different guy. It's nobody's fault but his, admittedly. I just hope he keeps getting better, allowing Doc to make the best of him.
    Also, I love when Rondo has these kinds of defensive games where it looks like he got 15 steals. JWill had no easy possession tonight.
    Bradley might do little to improve this team overall, but he most definitely improve this. Rondo is deadly cutting the passing lanes and doubling people. So with Bradley chocking the ball handler, Rondo instantly becomes the perfect defender, whereas now, he rarely has the energy to stay that active throughout the game. (except when going against "superstar" pg's on national tv).

  • elroz

    The Celtics Hub comment on Collins that "he is filling the space until Wilcox comes back" is puzzling..probably just wrong. Collins has size and better defense than Wilcox – why does DeGama imply that Wilcox will start? Or that Collins will lose his spot or minutes to Wilcox? Sometimes I seriously wonder if some writers here actually watch games. The team has played better D with Collins than they ever hope to play with Wilcox. Plus, again, Collins is bigger and can defend big men better! Clearly Doc made a conscious decision to start Collins; it is not some replacement for Wilcox – it is a step up.

    The only thing Wilcox will be god for when he comes back is a package trade with Barbosa plus 2013 pick and/or Melo.

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  • Sophomore

    Sullinger played extremely well. This was a team where he got the right matchup – Reggie Evans, not so tall and very limited on offense – and took full advantage. Very well done.

    On the other end, asking Jason Terry to guard Gerald Wallace is just cruel.

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