|Kevin Garnett, PF 32 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-5 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | -15
He was destined for a tough night against a team with Memphis’ size but he did some nice work limiting their bigs’ offensive output. Had a terrible first half shooting and a bad offensive night overall. I’d like to point out that the Celtics are asking too much of him. But there’s little choice this year. Yet again.
|Paul Pierce, SF 34 MIN | 6-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -5
A lot of three-balls which mostly worked. A bunch of other shots which mostly didn’t, especially after halftime. Tony Allen showed him up a couple of times with his defense. Boston’s asking too much of him. But there’s little choice this year. Yet again.
|Jason Collins, C 18 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -4
It’s not just that he generates next to no points or rebounds while he’s on the floor. It’s that his presence means the Celtics are going 4 on 5 on offense and he muddies up the spacing. His bulk was useful on some possessions, but he’s hurting far more than he’s helping. It’s time for Sullinger in this spot. When Sully fouls out early in the second quarter, Collins can come in and relieve him.
|Avery Bradley, PG 20 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -12
Admit it: you loved that first baseline cut for a layup. You’ve been dying for that all year. Overall, a strong return for Bradley on the defensive end. He forced Memphis (Mike Conley in particular) into some rough late-clock offense and sealed a huge gap in the perimeter. His shot looked January 2012 awful but that might be nerves and rust as much as any lingering effects from the shoulder injuries. Let’s keep an eye on it.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 40 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 10 AST | 11 PTS | -5
Rondo is getting cooked on defense game after game. It’s not just the injury. He’s just not willing to put in the effort. Bradley’s return will help him do his mini-KG centerfielder routine but lately Rondo seems hamstrung by his team, his coach, his injury and himself.
|Jeff Green, PF 15 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -6
Worse than the numbers, which look decent versus his playing time until you realize he had almost no impact on the game.
|Jared Sullinger, PF 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +10
Far better than the numbers, despite another heap of fouls and a bad shooting night. Anyone else expecting a post-all-star breakout for him?
|Brandon Bass, PF 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -12
I loved his rebound.
|Courtney Lee, SG 12 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +3
Took the ball to the basket a couple of times and finished at the rim, including a nice full court streak to grab a long lead pass in transition. You’ll notice he only played 12 minutes though. That’s a season low. Apparently, Avery Bradley’s return doesn’t just stop the opposing team from scoring.
|Jason Terry, SG 27 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -4
A couple of big baskets (at the time) but Jet doesn’t yet fit into this offense. That one I’ll put on Doc as much as Terry.