|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.
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.