The Celtics played so well last night, there was literally no way a recap could have been done without grades for this one, since nearly everyone deserved to be gushed over on a individual basis. Without further ado, let’s get to the good stuff.
|Brandon Bass, PF 32 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +16Typical run of the mill game from Bass this year. He gets credit though for doing a nice job defensively against Marcin Gortat and for helping the C’s not get killed on the glass.|
|Jeff Green, PF 39 MIN | 11-14 FG | 6-7 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 5 BLK | 1 TO | 31 PTS | +26Whoa boy. Green has been a different animal on the offensive end since Rajon Rondo went down, but this performance only may make everyone shut up about his contract once and for all (me included). An absurd 11-14 from the field, five terrific blocks, and even a solid showing on the defensive glass! What more can you ask for? Are you not entertained? Does Jeff Green need to start over Brandon Bass now? It’s a fair question to ask.|
|Paul Pierce, SF 26 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +16There’s nothing sweeter than getting to watch The Truth laugh it up with his teammates on the bench for the fourth quarter. It’s a new era in Celtics basketball and I’ve been beating the drum with columns all year that Rivers had been using PP too much in the offense, causing the team to rely on him far too often. The great thing about Paul is that he embraces being a distributor just as much as a scorer and is content to be a supporting cast member on nights like this. To keep him fresh, we need more of it.|
|Avery Bradley, PG 27 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +6You’ll take 50 percent shooting from AB any day of the week. Throw 4 steals into the mix and you got a guy who made Goran Dragic’s life a major pain for most of the night. With his perimeter D, Bradley helped C’s get away with a night without KG.|
|Courtney Lee, SG 30 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +15Nice contributions on the glass and I’m really liking how much more aggressive Courtney’s been lately offensively. He’s making strong moves to the hoop, and finishing most of them off as well, especially early in games to help give this starting unit a spark. The defense was terrific as well, as he and Pierce made sure Dudley/Tucker were non-factors.|
|Chris Wilcox, PF 22 MIN | 7-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +9Wow. Just wow. Maybe the Celtics should try to trade this guy more often to light a fire under him. If there was ever a statement guy, this was it. Nights like this also show why Danny never should have tried to trade him over Collins to begin with, but that’s neither here nor there now. The eight rebounds are just as impressive as the 14 points. Plus, I think a mix tape needs to be made out of his dunks in this game.|
|Fab Melo, C 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -1Almost looked smooth out there on the offensive end once or twice. Ran the floor once and got rewarded for it. Progress people!|
|Jordan Crawford, SG 17 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +12Jordan,Welcome to the Celtics. You did everything Celtics fans could have ever hoped for and looked terrific doing it too. It was fun to watch. Please keep it up.
P.S. I still can’t believe the Wizards gave you to us for nothing.
|Jason Terry, SG 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 5-5 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +16It’s amazing how much damage the bench did in 20 minutes or less. Terry just rolled in, wreaking havoc with his new teammates all over the offensive end, setting up terrific ball movement, getting to the free throw line, and burying back-breaking 3′s. What a pleasure!|
|Terrence Williams, SG 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +10Can we sign him for the rest of the season before his 10-day contract expires? Maybe we should just keep him on a 10-day contract if he keeps playing so well. Either way, the former 11th overall pick in the draft is playing up to his billing and he’s playing tremendously smart as well. I know it’s against the Suns but I don’t care. He’s playing with guys that know what they are doing now and he’s better for it.|
|Doc RiversTalk about pushing the right buttons. Not only did he pick the right night to rest KG, but he got his guys back to playing basic offense, with all the new guys trying to impress him with terrific ball movement.|