|Brandon Bass, PF 28 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -8
Bass quietly had a very nice game. It’s a shame to waste a night where Bass attacked the glass and scored efficiently. A stat line like this is supposed to be evidence of stellar play by the entire team, not in spite of it.I also liked the way he defended the perimeter. It’s not easy to defend shot-makers like Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith and Bass did a great job of getting close without fouling. The aforementioned shot-makers unfortunately made shots.
|Jeff Green, PF 39 MIN | 6-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 10 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -3
Green a really fantastic game. He still had his moments of getting stuck on picks and not finishing hard but you easily live with those flaws if the production is 19 points and 10 rebounds. Hell, I’d settle for 10 points and 10 rebounds. That’s his first double-double of the season.
|Paul Pierce, SF 36 MIN | 5-10 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 16 PTS | -14
On the surface, it appears as though Pierce had a nice little game. 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting is definitely something the Celtics can live with. As you look down the stat sheet, however, it isn’t long before you see the mark of the beast: 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and-the clincher- 6 turnovers. Each turnover seemed to occur at the worst possible time and of the worst possible type: jump passes.
|Avery Bradley, PG 34 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -14
Bradley had an extremely forgettable night. He got called for fouls early which really hampered his aggressiveness on the defensive end. He then capped off an awful shooting night by being REALLY short on a three attempt. By that time, many of the Celtics’ fans had filed out and you could clearly hear the Knicks’ fans not allowing Bradley to forget how short his shot was.
|Jordan Crawford, SG 41 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 14 PTS | -11
Crawford is such an enigma. In the first half, he drew two defenders and made a Rondo-like wrap-around pass to a cutting big for an easy bucket. In the second half, he drew two defenders and tried to shoot over them instead of hitting a wide open Terrence Williams right behind him. Who is this guy?
|D.J. White, PF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0
Should have been put in way earlier.
|Shavlik Randolph, PF 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | 0
The best part of Randolph’s game is his hustle. There’s almost nothing pretty about what he does but he works hard whenever he’s in the game. It’s hard to tell whether or not his hustle is amplified by the situations he’s in when he’s actually on the court. In other words, it could be easy to look like you’re trying in garbage time when no one else is. Regardless, losing when not playing Randolph (and White) and losing when playing Randolph (and White) is still losing.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +1
In 9 minutes, Wilcox had 1 block and 1 field goal attempt. This is a game in which Garnett missed due to injury. Carry on.
|Terrence Williams, SG 23 MIN | 2-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -8
Gimmie more, gimmie more. The Celtics don’t have a guy on their roster that can blow by their opponent and get to the rim as well as Williams can. Green tries to finish over people and Pierce isn’t blowing by anyone. More Williams = Less Long Twos + More Shots At The Rim.
|Jason Terry, SG 22 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -18
Terry is more and more of a defensive liability when he’s on the floor.