|Jeff Green, PF 46 MIN | 8-15 FG | 7-7 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 6 TO | 26 PTS | -7
Green nearly pitched a perfect game. He was aggressive with his individual offense- a must if the C’s hope to take this series- and he was a big part of the three-headed monster used to defend Carmelo Anthony. Aside from on lackluster moment in the fourth quarter (Jason Kidd steal), Green was great.
|Brandon Bass, PF 33 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +2
Bass was probably the main head of the defensive Cerberus that attacked Anthony all day. He crashed the offensive glass, but he really cleaned up on weakside defensive boards. The Knicks had really solid defensive rotations and limited the C’s open shots (save for maybe the corner three). The C’s would be wise to make a minor adjustment to get Bass some looks from his mid-range sweetspot,
|Paul Pierce, SF 39 MIN | 6-15 FG | 8-8 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | +4
Pierce was the losing quarterback despite playing well enough to win. He could have shot better (especially from deep) and he could have been stronger with the ball in the fourth quarter. Despite all this, he was the architect of a third quarter run that almost gave the C’s a double-digit lead. Oh, if he had only hit that three (okay, threes).
|Kevin Garnett, C 37 MIN | 4-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -8
Garnett looked old and tired today. When he opened the game by swishing an outside shot, BRobb and I looked at each other, salivating at the prospect of Garnett’s shot being “on.” Unfortunately, it was not to be. He missed shots at the rim and couldn’t get his turnaround going against Chris Copeland, let along Tyson Chandler or Kenyon Martin. He also nearly fouled out which limited his minutes in the fourth quarter. Garnett, and the rest of team, are going to have to be better at not fouling and not putting a teammate in the position of having to foul.
|Avery Bradley, PG 35 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -8
Bradley came close to getting one of his patented poke-steals but he couldn’t quite seal the deal; kind of a microcosm for the entire game. My biggest fear is that the C’s wasted Bradley’s one offensively potent outburst. My biggest hope is that he’s come around to find his offense. Now, if I could only find my glass to measure its meniscus then we’d be in business.
|Jordan Crawford, SG 11 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6
Even though Crawford played 11 minutes- a lot for this playoff rotation- I’m still giving him an incomplete. As far as I’m concerned, he should be getting all of Terry’s minutes until he makes me say otherwise. In a game where the C’s only scored 8 points in the fourth quarter, Crawford had zero minutes in the final frame and didn’t attempt a field goal for the time he was out there.
|Courtney Lee, SG 20 MIN | 0-2 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -9
If there was ever a moment to step up and make the most of your time in the playoff rotation, Lee caught his toe and took a tumble. I love the aggressive dunk attempt but I hated the wide-open missed jumpers.
|Jason Terry, SG 20 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -3
Apparently, this thing can’t go to F-. For all of you who were hoping that Terry was saving something for the playoffs, how you feeling now? I know he’s a proven veteran and has shown the ability to get the job done time and time again. But at some point, the tires don’t grip the road anymore. PROVE ME WRONG.
I am meeting Doc Rivers’ playoff rotation with complete and utter ambivalence. It’s clear that the C’s ran out of gas in the fourth quarter, but they still had a chance to win despite fumes fueling the car. I believe that Shavlik Randolph can play five minutes without completely dooming the C’s. I believe Jordan Crawford and Terrence Williams can be the beneficiaries of some bench minute reallocation. It’s clear Doc thinks Jason Terry will round into form.