|Jeff Green, PF 27 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | +2
Green was hampered by foul trouble for his second straight game. I believe this to be the main cause of his underwhelming stat line. It’s pretty evident that picking up a few early fouls really dampens Green’s aggressiveness.There’s an unfortunate byproduct of Green’s somewhat off-game: the notion that Green doesn’t play well with Kevin Garnett. The delay on dispelling that misconception will have to wait at least one more game.
|Brandon Bass, PF 36 MIN | 9-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | +7
It’s games like these that explain the contract Bass got this past offseason. Shooting an efficient 9-for-12, snagging six boards, and making good defensive rotations is exactly the type of production that made Bass an indispensable cog last season.
|Paul Pierce, SF 30 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +15
Pierce does so many little things. He pushes the ball in outlet situations, he takes big shots, and he defends multiple positions. The C’s had some breathing room to start the fourth but after a series of poor possessions, the once sound stranglehold had slackened. Mike Gorman indicated on the telecast that Pierce had lobbied Doc Rivers to re-punch his time card. Rivers relented and Pierce’s steady hand eventually calmed the C’s down and kept the Wizards from getting any closer.
|Kevin Garnett, C 24 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +8
Garnett was solid in his return. He was especially effective in making things difficult for whomever he was guarding by obscuring passing lanes and deflating any semblance of a personal space bubble. He’s had a long lay off and part of me really believes that many of the C’s bad losses during the time Garnett spent away could have been averted had he played the 24 minutes he played tonight. The other part of me is happy Garnett stayed away. I can almost guarantee Rivers would have played him more than 24 minutes in some of the C’s bad losses this past month. Now that he’s had his time to recuperate, I hope the there’s a hardcap on his minutes per game for the rest of the regular season.
|Avery Bradley, PG 30 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +4
Man, if Bradley could shoot jumpers like most NBA two-guards he could easily average 20 points per game and open up so many other opportunities for other players. The Wizards are a pretty good defensive team and they were all too happy to let Bradley take jumper after jumper.
|Shavlik Randolph, PF 15 MIN | 2-2 FG | 4-7 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +10
I’m going to have to start adjusting the grading rubric for Randolph. He’s just played so well since being thrust into the rotation. The best part of what Randolph brings to the game is his energy and hustle; two characteristics that are unlikely to abate given how badly he wants to stick around in the NBA. Randolph has a knack for getting boards that others have abandoned and then getting fouled on put-back attempts. If he could only consistently make his free throws, he would be a major- strike that- more of a pain in the ass for opposing bigs.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 20 MIN | 6-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -3
Wilcox played with great energy and, for him, stuffed the stat sheet. He still, however, gave up some dunks by poorly defending the pick and roll and didn’t prevent shots at the rim the way you’d like a rotation big to do.
|Jordan Crawford, SG 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | 0
It’s hard to judge anyone solely on body language because no one shares the same vocabulary. That said, my interpretation tells me that Crawford is having a rough go lately. He’s complaining a lot to the officials, he’s lagging behind in transition defense, and, most importantly, he’s holding back from firing away off swing passes within an offensive set and eagerly pulling the trigger on unassisted attempts. I have been pleasantly surprised with what I’ve seen from Crawford since he came to Boston, but I can’t help but think he’ll be more liability than benefit come playoff time.
|Courtney Lee, SG 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +5
Lee didn’t do anything spectacular, but with the new solidified starting lineup I like the idea of platooning Lee and Bradley. They are both long, athletic guard defenders who make their living shooting open jumpers off swing passes. They are also both adequate ball-handlers who can get the ball into the front court when need be.
|Terrence Williams, SG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0
I wouldn’t have minded seeing Williams get more burn considering Lee and Bradley didn’t do anything too awe-inspiring. On the other hand, I’m not heart-broken over it.
|Jason Terry, SG 23 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +7
Terry was a little careless with the ball but was also able to provide some balance to the offense. For all of his shortcomings, he adds so much value with his savvy, experience, and shot-making ability. I wish every night could be a 20+ point outburst, but this is likely on par for a “good game” from Terry.
Rivers did a great job of using his bench and not overextending any of his starters, including youngin’s like Avery Bradley. The priority is still to rest the older players, but the season is long enough to look/hope for moments to keep guys like Bradley and Green hydrating on the bench.
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