|Chris Wilcox, PF 20 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -6
Wilcox was consistently bullied and outplayed by both Greg Monroe and (rookie!) Andre Drummond…oh and Shavlik Randolph. To cap off this forgettable performance, Wilcox completely misplayed a defensive assignment leading to a wide open layup for Greg Monroe with just under 45 seconds left in the game. Unlike some of his Piston brethren, Monroe made the layup.
|Brandon Bass, PF 37 MIN | 6-8 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | +7
A really solid night for Bass against the much larger frontline of the Pistons. Instead of shrinking against competition, Bass used his quickness and new found versatility to his advantage by getting to spots for shots and finding his way to the free throw line.
|Jeff Green, PF 43 MIN | 13-19 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 3 TO | 34 PTS | +5
At the risk of sounding negative, Green looked like a superstar role player tonight. Believe me, I mean that to be complimentary. He didn’t take over the game or abuse his defender like the LeBrons, Durants, Bryants and Pierces of the league do when they have it going. He simply shot efficiently, both inside and out, and was aggressive regardless of the position he was playing or defending.
In a year where Green has had his fair share of highlights, he may have had the best defense-to-offense sequence of his career. Not known for his rebounding, Green out-jumped and out-muscled two Piston big men for a defensive rebound, ripped it away from them when they tried to steal it, and then outletted it for a fast break. The very next Celtic possession saw Jason Terry just miss a wide open three and Green streak down the middle of the lane (running end-to-end) to throw down the putback.
|Paul Pierce, SF 33 MIN | 5-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +8
Pierce sat for long periods of time, but the C’s gave up their huge lead which forced Pierce to play close to his normal minute-load. He shot under 50%, but whenever the Celtics needed a bucket, he seemed to hit an absurd turnaround over Rodney Stuckey.
|Avery Bradley, PG 33 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | 0
Bradley continued his good shooting streak by making 5-of-8. The real downer came when he was whistled for hitting a Piston’s elbow with his face and cleanly picking another Piston’s pocket. I think they were both Brandon Knight but I was blinded by rage.
|Shavlik Randolph, PF 13 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +3
Has any other player had more of an impact on a game with only playing 13 minutes, snagging two boards, and scoring two points? Probably, but those are elite defensive players. THIS is Shavlik Randolph. More on him later…
|Jordan Crawford, SG 12 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +6
Crawford is an enigma, and I really don’t tire of writing that. He passed up some open shots from swing passes and had two drives where he tried to go 1-on-3 (he was 1-and-1 on these attempts). In the same game, he made an amazing pocket pass to Jeff Green which continues to completely shake my previous understanding of what Jordan Crawford is. I like it…I think?
|Courtney Lee, SG 13 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -2
The Celtics got very little from Lee tonight. Very little.
|Terrence Williams, SG 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +3
Williams was playing well enough to earn more playing time. His team defense is definitely a work-in-progress but his rebounding and overall versatility is just awesome.
|Jason Terry, SG 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +1
Terry missed a lot of shots early on but was okay overall.
Doc Rivers turned a fantastic first half into a completely puzzling third quarter that left a pile of mush on the floor that was once, I assume, my brain. How do you put Chris Wilcox back in after playing him for much of the third quarter? How do you play your starters almost the entire third quarter? Seriously, my gone is brain. I’m just so person.