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Boston Celtics 120 Final
Recap | Box Score
88 Orlando Magic
Jeff Green, PF 37 MIN | 6-17 FG | 3-5 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +19

As always, Jeff Green has his highlight plays, which will get the TD Garden crowd rocking in home playoff games. However, his jumper was spotty for the second time in his last three games. Green has oddly attempted exactly 17 shots in each of those three contests. Maybe 17 is now his lucky number. His defense will be important in the playoffs, but they need some better percentages from him from the field.

Brandon Bass, PF 32 MIN | 6-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +15

Just like last year, Brandon Bass is showing signs of life down the stretch. On Saturday, he continued his strong shooting as he now has scored at least 10 points on 45-percent or better shooting in six consecutive games (minimum: eight shot attempts). It is his second-longest streak of his career. The only other time he has done this: April 2012.

Paul Pierce, SF 27 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-5 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +25

Although Paul Pierce did not have a great shooting night, he became just the 20th player in NBA history to surpass the 24,000-point mark. Celtics fans have to also be impressed by his strong passing skills. The Celtics moved to 9-3 this season when he dishes out at least eight assists. Pierce’s passing and rebounding will be vital for the Celtics to succeed in the playoffs.

Kevin Garnett, C 19 MIN | 7-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +27

Kevin Garnett’s season-best plus/minus of +27 in 19 minutes is extremely impressive from the Celtics centerpiece on defense. In addition, his 88-percent shooting was his best for a game this season. That was a pretty good night from Garnett.

Avery Bradley, PG 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 14 PTS | +14

Saturday was the first time that Avery Bradley made at least two 3-pointers with a strong percentage in more than a month. Celtics fans have to hope that this is part of Bradley’s resurgence as a solid shooter.

Chris Wilcox, PF 19 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +11

The NBA’s leader in true shooting percentage does it again. Chris Wilcox had another perfect “shooting” night and added six rebounds. He is looking more and more like he will be a helpful big man off the bench in the playoffs.

Jordan Crawford, SG 28 MIN | 7-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +22

In 26 games as a Celtic, this is the first time that Jordan Crawford scored double-digit points and shot this well from the field in consecutive games. The Celtics are a much stronger offensive scoring team when Crawford is on the floor. They are approximately three points better per 100 offensive possessions with him out there.

Courtney Lee, SG 29 MIN | 7-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +19

Going into Friday’s game, Courtney Lee had scored fewer than 10 points in his previous five contests. Then against the Heat, he scored an impressive 18 points, tied for his second-most in a game this season. On Saturday against his former team, Lee scored 20 points and made three 3-pointers, which both tied for his most as a Celtic. In addition, he scored more than 15 points in consecutive games for the first time in green.

Terrence Williams, SG 15 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +13

No one is sure how much playing time Terrence Williams will receive in the postseason rotation, but he continues to bring strong guard play as a reserve.

Doc Rivers

That was a good night to rest Jason Terry. You definitely have to credit Doc Rivers for the Celtics getting their largest margin of victory this season.

  • GymRat

    Just like Doc…did you forget about Shavlik? Also DJ White made an appearance and hit a bucket. But perhaps I'm the only one who was still watching the game at that point.

    I thought T-Will looked really great, and seeing Lee and AB hit was pretty great. Not sure if it was a product of the poor D by Orlando, or just the shots finally dropping, but when this team hits from beyond the arc and plays D to its potential it's a pretty potent combo.

    • CG12

      The last two games Randolph has come in before Wilcox, gotten a quick hook for something (missed rotation and foul), and not seen the court after. Not sure what Doc is thinking, as that just doesn't seem helpful.

  • Jah

    Weren't you guys sh***ng on wilcox just yesterday?

    • hydrofluoric

      LOL, yeah.

  • Kafel

    If Terry won't get his touch back when playoffs come he should be playing minimal minutes. Really, besides scoring he gives this team nothing and when he is NOT scoring it's scarry. He is bad at defense, make lot of sloppy plays and turnovers. As bad Bradley is on offensive end, he is great for this team on D. I prefer Lee over Terry any time, heck even Crawford!

    Oh, and Bass really came to live at last this past couple games. He is efficent, rebounding, hustling and not forcing things – that kind of Bass I want to see in playoffs.

    • check12check

      If terry can't start hitting down shots I think it's time to pull him from the rotation completely. He does nothing else well, and if he can't hit, then he has to sit.

      Bass has actually been playing good basketball for a while now. He finally looks like the guy we remember from last year. at least he picked a good time to start playing right

      I will be curious to see how the rotations go once we get to the post-season

  • hydrofluoric

    Playing against Orlando cures all woes. I remember a similar lovefest after we beat Phoenix on the road… good times.

  • Michael

    Yeah, Resting Terry was a great call. He needs to calm down and refuel
    KG definitely deserves a A+, 14pt, 9reb, 3Ast, +27, in 18.5 minutes. No one can play better than he did in that amount of time

  • GymRat

    Hey Celtics Hub, not sure what's going on…or if I'm going crazy but this morning there were revised grades that included Shavlik and DJ White, that were posted after I made my first comment and had the comment and the response deleted.

    I mentioned this in that new thread and suddenly that thread is gone…and now the old grades are back missing those new threaded comments. I'm all in support of updates and adjustments but can you at least acknowledge that they are happening and possibly move the posts or give people the opportunity to repost what might get lost in the changes?

  • GymRat

    Here was my earlier thread and follow up comment:

    Two stat categories stand out – FT attempts and 3pt FG%.

    Despite this being our B team we actually attempted more shots (85 vs 71) and made more shots (41 vs 39). The boards were close (34 vs 37) and we actually dominated in offensive rebounds (9 vs 5). The major difference was they got to the line 28 times versus our meager 13 (though they only converted 19) and they hit 52% from behind the arc to our sad 26% on the exact same amount of attempts (23).

    So we're talking about efficiency and getting to the line. If we shoot a respectable 40% from down town we score an additional 9 pts and even without getting to the line more we win by 1. And if we defended the 3 point line better we pull away.

    It's going to be a rough (and short) post season if this team doesn't take advantage and convert open looks.

    • GymRat

      Check12Check replied:

      "ive noticed just lately that you hit on two of our biggest problems. 1. efficiency from behind the arc. and 2. getting to the line. the second one is the bigger problem. we have frequently lost games simply because we were unable to get to the line. jumpers don't create free throw attempts; drives and post plays do. we are a jump shooting team."

      • check12check

        I can confirm that I remember his post any my reply.

        • check12check

          sorry…..and my reply

    • brobb7

      Hey GymRat,

      Sorry about your deleted comment man, but I can safely say this has been the only post up on CelticsHub for the grades and it hasn't been deleted or altered in anyway (by us anyway). There may have been an issue with server and I'm looking into that to see if it causes your comment to be deleted, but we definitely always acknowledge when we do update/delete/change anything on the site. Please keep us posted if you run into this issue again though.

      • GymRat

        Hey B Robb, apparently it's my mistake. Went through my notifications and that thread was on the Celtics-Heat grades which when I loaded it through my email made it look like it was the most recent post and I was clearly very tired and not paying attention.

        The comments are still there.