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Phoenix Suns 79 FinalRecap | Box Score 87 Boston Celtics
Kevin Garnett, PF 29 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +7
Garnett had a nice little game tonight. I emphasize the “little” considering he only had to play 29 minutes. Still, in limited minutes KG put up 10 points and 5 boards and, as I mentioned in the quick ‘cap, was the only Celtics starter to have a positive +/- value. Not too shabby for having to battle Marcin Gortat and former Celtics blob Jermaine O’Neal for much of those 29 minutes.
Brandon Bass, PF 27 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -17
Poor, poor Brandon Bass. Bass was a grotesque -17 on the night. You might have noticed it more on another night but outside of the Celtics inept 3rd quarter, Bass was okay. He’s been far more aggressive on the boards and trying to get to the rim with varying degrees of success. Tonight wasn’t so successful but I’ll take 6 points and 5 boards in a win any day.
Paul Pierce, SF 24 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -9
Pierce spent large chunks of the game with his shooting shirt on due to the Celtics bench playing extremely well. Pierce needs to relish the games that Rivers can keep Jeff Green on the court. He would have been graded lower, but 7 boards in 24 minutes is nothing to sneeze at. Pierce’s 7 boards definitely bumped his grade up.
Rajon Rondo, PG 31 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 8 AST | 8 PTS | -8
In his return from suspension, Rondo had a rare quiet game that will prompt some people to scream, “we don’t need him!” Don’t listen to those people.
Avery Bradley, PG 18 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -6
Aside from his first game back, tonight was the first game where Bradley’s impact didn’t hit you over the head. Goran Dragic did a really good job hurrying the ball up the court, preventing Bradley from draining the shot clock. The good news is that his jumper is improving.
Jared Sullinger, PF 34 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +24
If Sullinger turns into a 20 point, 15 board player, tonight will be one of those “where were you then” games. As I mentioned in the quick ‘cap, this was easily the best game of Sullinger’s career and hopefully a sign of things to come. Sullinger’s played extremely well during this four game winning streak and there have been signs that something like this may happen. Even during the games in which he didn’t rebound a lot, he was still very active and in position for boards.
Jeff Green, PF 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +16
Jeff Green had a very nice game, but there are still some major concerns. Many of his points came in transition or off the ball. The Celtics are trying to prove to everyone that Green can get his own shot when he needs to but he really only has two moves 1) strong right handed drive; and 2) long two point jump shot. If his opponents take away that drive, he’s left with virtually nothing. I would love to see Green play more off the ball and really use his athleticism like he did tonight.
Jason Collins, C 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +2
Collins had an incredible missed dunk on a fast break and caused Rivers to earn a technical foul when the officials gave Collins a no-call on an attempt to take a charge. Sounds like a net negative.
Courtney Lee, SG 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +12
Lee is starting to find his role on this team. He’s providing on-ball pressure and scoring when the opportunity presents itself.
Jason Terry, SG 27 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | +19
Terry’s shot is finally starting to come around, which is only half of what was good about tonight. Terry also had an excellent game passing the ball and attacked judiciously. Let’s hope he keeps up the activity.
Leandro Barbosa, SG 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0
Best. Stat-Line. Ever.
  • Phil

    I've gotta defend the antichrist, Jason Collins here: He missed that dunk because he was fouled (and it was called,) and he hit both free throws! He didn't hurt the team tonight (+2,) so he deserves a solid C. He also totally did take that charge that got Doc the T too. It wasn't a flop in an attempt to draw a call either, Scola hit him good.

    If we're grading based on expectations for every game, Pierce was a C at most today. He struggled pretty heavily, and him and Rondo were the biggest culprits of the starters' general suckiness that kept the Suns in the game. Everyone who was a part of that 17-0 run in the third quarter deserves to be docked a grade IMO. This would've been a blowout if they came out of the half awake, let alone playing hard.

    A+ for the bench as a whole from me. This is what we all envisioned when Ainge was getting high grades for his offseason (remember that?) The team is starting to come together, and it's encouraging.

    • janos

      hi phil is janos
      are you consider this time grade B+ rondos that is appropriats him

  • Ant

    There's no reason why Barbosa should be getting constant DNPs… He is a legit ball player and appears to have a great attitude out there depite riding hard pine… I just don't get it and think it's ridiculous! I'm ecstatic that Avery is back and he makes such a huge difference that Barbosa's minutes are even less of a concern now, however he needs to get minutes. He gets buckets and works hard on D. I believe he'll be valuable come playoff time if he gets comfortable in the rotation… #lethimloose

    • Josh_5

      Completely agree. The guy is instant offense and what the hell is wrong with giving him 10-12 min a night?! Cmon Doc.

      • janos

        josh you know coach is take us right direct you are have trust him ok thank you

  • elroz

    Barbosa should not get an F at all… of course they have 5 guards now and each of them can play…but there's just not enough time for them all… and that's good = all are healthy.

    Bradly did force no less than 3 turnovers/steal tonight the way I saw. I wish KG did not need to play 29 min tonight…but ok. Maybe the Charlotte and NEw Orleans games he'll rest more.

    • Anthony

      Hate to say it Elroz but you're right. My initial prediction was the Celts would get it going around 20 games into the season. You said it would be closer to half the season. Hats off to you sir.

      Just glad the Celts are finally playing good basketball and are looking like the contenders we all expected to see.

  • Go Sully GO

    Totally silly to give an F to a guy who doesn't get any run. What's he supposed to do from the bench?
    I do wish Doc would give Barbosa more run in games like this.

    Sully really is growing game to game. It's actually pretty amazing to watch. Tonight you saw the potential for him to be the next Zach Randolph. A gritty post player that can dominate depite limited athleticism (aka can't jump) and be a consistent double-double machine. He's just a rebounding monster and seems to be showing more versatility on offense as well. I love that Doc is rewarding him with increased minutes too.

    I did love seeing Green show off his athleticism and getting easy baskets. I got a taste of what Ainge must've seen to be so high on him. He's still overpaid, and he seems to be afraid to really have a true breakout game…with 10 points at the half and the starters on cruise control, this was the game for him to go off and get 20+ showing what he's really capable of. But I'll take the flashy dunks and hope his confidence continues to grow.

    4 games in a row and suddenly we're only 3 games out of 3rd! That says more about how weak and wide open the eastern conference is, then how great the C's have played the last 4 games, but it's nice to see that poor early season play hasn't hurt us that bad.

    Chicago is an X-factor with D-Rose returning, and you never know if this squad will keep this level of play up, or if Ainge will make a move and throw a wrench in the momentum, but with Sully's improvement on the glass, the overall improvement of the D, and the pieces starting to mesh, it's looking totally possible for the C's to leap over Milwaukee, Brooklyn, and possibly even Atlanta and Indiana to grab as high as a 4 seed. Maybe a lofty goal but I'm finally seeing enough improvement to think the best basketball is still yet to come.

    • Anthony

      Knicks are playing the Pacers thursday without Melo. If they lose, which I anticipate, Celts will only be 5 back from the division lead with 3 more games against Knicks.

      Go Sully!

      • Phil

        Hope everyone jumped on the Celtics at 10-1 to win the Atlantic Division after the Kings game!

        • Josh_5

          Hahaha damnit no I missed that!

        • janos

          what are they pay, on current, Rondos MVP leaguses

  • CG12

    Last night showed something I envisioned being big for the Cs this year -the bench bailing out the starters where they play flat and have a bad game. The second unit is going to have nights where they blow the doors off the other team, and I'm loving it. Great to see really energetic play from Green, Sully et al. The improved bench was what the offseason was all about and we are seeing it payoff big time.

  • Danny

    I’ve never liked the Jeff green trade. But I’m a little biased hell I used to go to perkisabeast. That said credit where credit is due. That was Jeff green’s best game as a Celtic by far. He was aggressive, he hit shots when we needed him to, he went to the hoop, he played some decent D, and he even grabbed a few rebounds. Overall I thought it was a great game for him. It makes it even better that he brought it on the heels of another strong performance Monday night. That’s the kind of play we need from him to be contenders. To me the Perkins trade will always be a failure however what’s done is done. I don’t have anything against green personally he’s coming off heart surgery he’s playing hard and most importantly he is on the celtics therefore ill root for him because we most certainly need him to play well if we want to raise banner 18.

  • janos

    brayden who is say we dont need rondos??

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