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Boston Celtics 91 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Charlotte Bobcats
Kevin Garnett, PF 29 MIN | 5-13 FG | 6-8 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -7The good news for Garnett is that he only played 29 minutes, after playing 47 on Sunday. I don’t care if the Celtics could have been assured a win if KG played more. They need to make sure he’s not over-worked by the end of the season or the playoff pipe dream we’re all holding on to won’t mean a thing.His stat line is on par with what we would consider a great game from KG, which usually means the Celtics won. However, when you look at Byron Mullens line (25 and 18) it adds a little perspective. It’s important to keep in mind that many of Mullens points came from the perimeter and that it’s not as if he went one-on-one with KG in a vacuum. Help defense exists. Switching picks exists. And Garnett did only play 29 minutes, spread out over four quarters. Still, 25 and 18?!
Brandon Bass, PF 32 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -10Bass played more minutes on Sunday and was substantially worse than he was against the Bobcats. From memory, he took one baseline jumper early in the shot clock and overshot the hoop by a wide margin. Other than that, I didn’t think Bass was especially worse than anyone else. The whole team seemed out of sorts due to traveling and being on a SEGABABA. Bass showed a lot of effort attacking the glass despite not being a strong rebounder or actually connecting on a lot of those efforts. Those efforts did, however, translate into eight points and seven rebounds which you would take from Bass any day of the week.
Paul Pierce, SF 29 MIN | 4-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -10Pierce shot poorly and never recovered to match the heroics of Sunday’s thriller. He played far more point forward tonight and tried to take advantage of mismatches every time he got a smaller guy (i.e. Kemba Walker) switched on him. They didn’t work. A contested free throw line jumper is still a contested free throw line jumper regardless of how tall the defender is. Credit the Bobcats for getting up into Pierce and making him feel every jumper he took. It felt like he was absorbing a lot of contact, but sometimes that’s just the way the whistle blows…or in this case, doesn’t.
Avery Bradley, PG 35 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -3Contrary to popular belief, young guys get tired too. Bradley didn’t have a particularly effective game, which would make two in a row. I’ll withhold comment on this being any sort of trend until after Wednesday’s game.He made up for subpar shooting and letting the Bobcats guards go off a bit by giving us the highlight of the night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBEmtVAWO3s
Courtney Lee, SG 19 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -7I said it before and I’ll say it again. The Celtics need him to play better.

Jeff Green, PF
24 MIN | 5-8 FG | 7-7 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +10Green was both aggressive and effective. I have may have my own qualms about his game, but I’ll save those for later.
Chris Wilcox, PF 17 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -1This was the perfect type of greasy game in which Wilcox really could have shined. It was nice to see him run up and down and the offensive production is great. But it all gets obscured when he does something like not box out Byron Mullens and give up an offensive rebound and putback. The basketball 101 stuff is his downfall.
Jason Collins, C 13 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | +7On Sunday, he was seen sporting a big ice wrap on his back and didn’t play much. Does that change the way you feel about his production tonight? Me neither.
Jason Terry, SG 29 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +4If Jason Terry had just connected on one or two of his three misses from deep, it may have been enough to break the Bobcats’ back. Then again, the Celtics could have gotten complacent, sat on their lead and eventually gave it up. Which is what they did numerous times.
Leandro Barbosa, SG 12 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +2Barbosa wasn’t exactly lighting the Bobcats up before he went down, but this one really hurts. Barbosa is the perfect “break glass in case you need quick points” guy that the Celtics always knew they had on the bench. Now that raining day fund is tapped out. Here’s to hoping he gets well soon, a phrase we’ve said far too much this season.
Doc RiversI really liked the way Rivers’ didn’t play Pierce of Garnett over 30 minutes. I didn’t like how he didn’t use all of his timeouts solely for resting purposes. The Celtics could have won this game on talent alone, completely forgoing any sense of strategy. That said, Rivers timeout usage is hardly any reason the C’s lost.
  • hydrofluoric

    Grades too high all around for a lousy performance. Adjusting for the strength of the competition and eliminating all excuses, the average grade tonight should be like a B- or so, not a B+. I'd personally give some more credit to Jason Collins too – ever since mid-January or so, he's been a surprisingly solid presence that he was rumored to be. Specifically, he gives up less and-1s and gets whistled for fewer offensive fouls.

    Losing Barbie might really mean the end for us. Hope it doesn't. I know this sounds ridiculous, but we need more out of Avery defensively.

  • skeeds

    Not a surprising or very disappointing loss given the huge game our guys had to play a day before.
    Still, it's not a coincidence that what hurt us (again) is our nonexistent depth at the 5 position. It's been our Achilles heel for years, it still proves to be our undoing when it matters. We can even survive without Rondo, but we can't survive without a 2nd defensively skilled big man. It's as simple as that.
    Ainge, get a proper backup center. There's tons of them out there, for f@#ck's sake, you should've solved this problem 2 years ago. We can't ride KG into another playoff run, not if we want to win…

  • CelticsBIG3

    This is such an unfortunate season. I was trying to figure out why we had sooooooo many guards at the beginning of the season. Now we need every last guard we have PLUS we likely need to sign another. This is unreal.

  • CelticsBIG3

    The last two seasons for this team have been ridiculous. We lose a pair of guys to heart ailments and then a pair of guys to torn ACLs (most likely in Barbosa's case). What are the odds on that? ACL injuries aren't all that common and heart ailments are even less. The basketball Gods are not shining brightly on the Celtics lately.

    • Josh_5

      What's really a bunch of shit is that all these injuries are happening to our young guys.
      Sullinger (20) – back surgery
      Bradley (22) – shoulder surgery
      Rondo (26) – knee surgery
      Green (26) – heart surgery
      Wilcox (30) – heart surgery
      Barbosa (30) – knee surgery

      ** Lets not also forget that Delonte West was only 27 when he broke his wrist and Perkins was only 24 when he tore his ACL.

  • IBleedGreen

    ok let's give Allen Iverson a call now…

  • Switcharoo

    AI would sign only if there was a no practice clause.
    Time to suit up Dooling, its your time to shine baby!

  • Phil725

    Even after applying the Brendan/Ryan scale and adjusting the grades all down or up full level, these still seem way high. Am I missing something? They played the worst team in the league, and lost. Are we just completely letting them off the hook because of the back to back?

    I thought KG had one of his least impactful games of the year, and combined with Bass, they got outplayed by one of the worst front courts in the league. Then again, I may have to amend the scale so that Bass automatically gets downed two whole grades instead of one; I don't think he's been questioned nearly enough in games like this. His positive/negative impact isn't just tied to his shooting percentage. He hurts the team in all kinds of ways.

    I don't really like grading the coach game to game (he has way less of an impact than the players, and his grade would basically swing in any close game based off whether or not guys make shots,) but I also thought he blew this one. It was obvious all along that Pierce, KG and the starting unit didn't have it, I even posted about it in the game thread during the second quarter. He continued to ride them for the entire fourth, and they lost down the stretch because of it. That decision included playing a bunch of ineffective guys over Jeff Green; the only guy who was getting to the rim constantly and didn't look tired. He played less minutes than his age on a day when they needed anyone who could run. And he was playing well!

    He's still the right coach for this team, but this year has shown a brighter light on some of Doc's flaws. Last night was a perfect example of how he's completely unwavering in his support of the guys he trusts/who brought him there, even on nights he shouldn't. It's not as egregious as when Rondo would get 40 minutes on one of his obvious no-shows when the backup guards were playing great, but he holds to his rule that everyone needs to get their minutes every night regardless of play, and it probably cost them a win last night. KG, PP and the team would all have been better off if they played 23 minutes.