|Brandon Bass, PF 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +17
Bass used his power and energy to attack the glass and two-handed mash the ball through the hoop. At his best, he power dunks with three dudes on him, he nails midrange jumpers, and he snags about 6-10 boards. Tonight, he played with energy, hit a couple of jumpers early, power-dunked, and grabbed 6 rebounds. That’s a B.
|Jeff Green, PF 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +18
Green was pretty aggressive all game and attacked the rim whenever he had a perceived mismatch. The five rebounds is a bit misleading as he lost a few board battles with teammates. Still, I had to dock him a letter grade for getting caught not guarding anyone. That may not hurt the team too badly when the C’s play the Bobcats, but it’s damning against a team like Miami.
|Paul Pierce, SF 23 MIN | 4-7 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | +16
Only 23 minutes for the Captain which means he should be completely fresh to welcome LeBron James on Monday night. Pierce played point forward for most of his time on the court and dished out eight assists; a subpar night for Rajon Rondo, a good night for a starting point guard, and just another day at the office for Paul Pierce.
|Avery Bradley, PG 25 MIN | 4-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +17
Bradley is quickly becoming indispensable. His offense is still a work-in-progress, but he’s shooting fantastic from long-range and is locking down anyone who comes within arms-reach. He spent a lot of time staring at the officials in disbelief tonight as he thought many of his fouls were clean picks. His complaints are likely to die down come playoff time when the officials tend to swallow their whistles.
|Courtney Lee, SG 33 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +20
Lee had a great all around game tonight. I’ve said this after other good games from Lee, but it bears repeating: this is what the Celtics expected when they signed Lee in the offseason. A game like tonight is why Doc Rivers put on the metaphorical full court press when it came to recruiting Lee. Just imagine if the C’s saw this type of production night-in and night-out. That’s totally what John Lennon was talking about, right?
|D.J. White, PF 5 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-3 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +5
It’s hard to grade White considering he only played four minutes and shot the ball whenever he caught it. Still, he made three of four so it’s hard to blame him for his aggressive offense. It seems like the wanted to stick it to his former team but it was hard for White to find minutes with Shavlik Randolph playing so well.
|Shavlik Randolph, PF 15 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -6
Randolph showed flashes (faint flashes) of Jared Sullinger as he was a beast on the glass tonight. When he first got to Boston, everyone was touting his gaudy CBA stats but he failed to show he was capable of producing like that in the NBA. Tonight, he hung around the offensive glass and snagged everything he could. He led the team with 8 rebounds and only played 15 freaking minutes. It’s unlikely to mean anything substantive but it was still fun to see nonetheless. #SavvyShavy
|Chris Wilcox, PF 23 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -4
Dunks and boards, dunks and boards. All I want are dunks and boards.
|Jordan Crawford, SG 20 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | +1
Before Crawford became a Celtic, I don’t believe I had ever seen him pass the ball (and I watch a TON of League Pass). I continue to be amazed with his vision and the fact that many of his passes end up being the “right” play. If he wasn’t so inept on defense, I’d argue that he’d have a chance to move up from “microwave” to “trick-or-treat” player. On a Celtics team that doesn’t have a lot of bench scoring, I’ll take “microwave”.
|Terrence Williams, SG 11 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -3
On the one hand, I liked Williams’ aggressiveness on offense. I think he has all the tools to be a dynamite scorer. On the other hand, he’s supposed to be the Celtics’ backup point guard and had zero assists and a couple of near-turnovers. This has probably been said about him before (probably many times), but he is going to be really good when he puts it all together.
|Jason Terry, SG 24 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +4
Hand down, man down. You know he’s ready for Monday.
Rivers sat a lot for most of the second half.
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