|Kevin Garnett, PF 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | -25
Ended up with short duty when it became clear this one was a fait accompli, which is french for ‘no chance to win this game’. Even so, GS’s relentless energy kept him from finding an offensive rhythm and forced him to be a passer — and an ineffective rebounder.
|Paul Pierce, SF 33 MIN | 4-20 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -27
With Rondo out, Pierce had no choice but to keep shooting even after it was clear he was lucky to draw iron on some of those first quarter shots. The misses are hardly cause for ongoing concern but it was a terrifying look into an alternate universe where Pierce doesn’t have an elite PG getting him open looks and delivering the ball where he likes it.
|Jason Collins, C 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -7
There’s something farcical about starting Collins. It’s like dating a girl you know you’ll never marry and who you’re always on the verge of dumping, if only you could find someone even remotely decent to take her place. Except here the girl is seven-feet tall and can’t rebound to save her life.
|Jason Terry, SG 40 MIN | 6-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -18
We need to talk about Jason. It will happen soon. And it will be unpleasant.
|Courtney Lee, SG 40 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | -11
Came to play. Shot a decent percentage. Went long minutes. Got beat on defense a few times (feels like you can go around him more easily than you can shoot over him) but competed all night long.
|Jarvis Varnado, PF 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -2
A shout out to Jarvis for his five uneventful minutes. Given the kinds of “events” the other guys on the roster delivered tonight, it was a borderline triumph.
|Jared Sullinger, PF 25 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | 0
The kid just gets after it, you know? Another efficient scoring night, a good haul on the rebounding front and some real hustle on both ends. If he were two inches taller, we’d be doing backflips over his potential.
|Brandon Bass, PF 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -5
Much livelier than in recent games. More effective, too. Ideally, your second big off the bench. Or maybe your third. I’m running out of ways to say Brandon Bass is mediocre.
|Jeff Green, PF 34 MIN | 2-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | +5
Appreciate the periodic effort on offense but remember the defensive breakdowns, the 2-11 shooting and the 6 points in 34 minutes. Put aside the blather about him being an important backup SF to defend LeBron in the playoffs. There are other defensive-minded small forwards that don’t suck up this kind of cap space. His value is roughly equivalent to how easily the Celtics can trade him.
|Kris Joseph, SF 5 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | 0