|Jeff Green, PF 44 MIN | 8-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 21 PTS | -9
Normally, I would be singing Jeff Green’s praises to the highest of heavens for a stat line like this. 21 points, 9 boards, and 4 assists? Are you kidding me? Green also took 17 field goal attempts, which is no small feat for a guy who tends to disappear. Sometimes, however, his aggressive moves were mistimed and led to turnovers. And normally, a stat line like this would come in a complimentary role with Pierce and Garnett following suit. As you all know, that did not happen tonight.
|Paul Pierce, SF 41 MIN | 6-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 17 PTS | -11
By Paul Pierce’s standards, he was absolutely atrocious tonight. He could not hold on to the ball and it didn’t even require a double team. Last year, Iman Shumpert wasn’t good enough to carry Pierce’s luggage to the next round. This year, Shump is licking his chops every time he sees Pierce try to setup shop with his back to the basket. And Shumpert isn’t even Pierce’s biggest bogeyman. That honor belongs to Raymond Felton. A guy who pokes and picks the ball away from Pierce, despite giving up five inches.
|Kevin Garnett, C 34 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 17 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -8
Garnett looked like a player who desperately didn’t want his season to end on Sunday. If it were up to him, the Celtics would have ended tonight halfway towards protecting homecourt. Instead, prolonging the season by a game (or two??) is the best this beast can hope for.
|Avery Bradley, PG 33 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -9
Doc Rivers inserted Jason Terry into the starting lineup — presumably in order to shake up the offense. Instead of benching a guard, Rivers benched the guy that had the most success defending Carmelo Anthony.
|Jason Terry, SG 35 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -12
Terry woke up and found his stroke: a prospect that wasn’t entirely unpredictable given his home-and-away splits. He was one of the few Celtics that played with any grit tonight, which was really evident when he took that elbow from JR Smith. Despite feigning attempts to confront Smith on the court, he still stood in and knocked down two free throws after taking one — literally — on the chin.
|Brandon Bass, PF 23 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -10
Bass was moved to the bench tonight to presumably give the reserves a proven effective player. Instead, the Celtics got the worst performance from Bass yet. Coincidence?
|Jordan Crawford, SG 13 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -2
Before the playoffs started, I was convinced that Jordan Crawford would win one playoff game for Celtics. I know now that he will not get that chance.
|Courtney Lee, SG 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3
Has there ever been a moment where a starter moves to little-used bench player as severe as Courtney Lee’s 2012-2013 season?
|Terrence Williams, SG 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6
Williams’ performance tonight reads like a reddit/imgur meme:
Finally Got Some Playing Time
Doc Rivers “shook things up” which led to the same poor offensive execution they saw in the first two games. This mostly involves Pierce attempting to post up at the elbow which led to either a turnover or a less-than-optimal shot. Rivers is searching for so many answers, BRobb might even get a chance to suit up.