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A Chance To Make History: Celtics-Knicks Game 5 Grades

 
Boston Celtics 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 86 New York Knicks
Jeff Green, PF 43 MIN | 5-8 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | 0
Somewhat passively offensively during the first three quarters, but boy did he come up big when it counted, drilling back-to-back corner 3′s to put this game away. Helped out nicely defensively against Melo as well. 42 minutes is a tall task, but Green saved his best work for late, scoring 10 of his 18 points in the 4th quarter.
Brandon Bass, PF 40 MIN | 6-7 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +3
The defense, as it’s been all series, was stellar. Brandon Bass kept the Celtics in this game though when they fell down 11-0 right out of the gate. This could have turned into a 20-point blowout. Instead, Bass took advantage of his offensive opportunities, scored 11 points in the first quarter and the rest of the gang took over from there. Banner night for Mr. Bass.
Paul Pierce, SF 44 MIN | 6-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | +8
Too much hero ball in the first quarter, but after that? The Captain smartened up, starting hitting the 3-point shoot and started making MSG fans sweat like the good old days. It wasn’t pretty at times (5 turnovers) but The Truth as always was the man running the show. He deserves credit to for helping keep Smith and Melo at bay on the defensive end.
Kevin Garnett, C 39 MIN | 5-9 FG | 6-6 FT | 18 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | +2
A season-high 18 rebounds. His third straight game of 17+ rebounds. Stopping a 7-0 Knicks run late in the fourth quarter with a clutch shot in the lane. Never retire KG. Please.
Avery Bradley, PG 22 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -1
Raymond Felton had his way with him, but then again he had his way with the entire Celtics roster tonight. Still not hitting the wide-open jumpers enough to keep the Knicks defense honest. Luckily, he has a chance to come back and redeem himself in Game 6, because the C’s will need his young legs.
Terrence Williams, SG 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5
At long last, Terrence gets the sole nod over both Jordan Crawford and Courtney Lee. He provided a nice stabilizing force out there, didn’t turn the ball over in 17 minutes, while giving C’s a nice threat to go to the rim a couple times. Just needs to work on that 3-ball a little bit. I don’t think he hit rim in any of his three attempts from deep.
Jason Terry, SG 35 MIN | 6-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +13
You hit five 3-pointers and turn the ball over zero times on the road, you get an A. Plain and simple. This is the guy the Celtics thought they were getting this offseason. He delivered tonight.
Jordan Crawford, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Fanning old flames won’t help the Celtics win this series Jordan. Keep your big mouth shut.
Doc Rivers
Rode it out with the veterans. Played the right wildcard in Terrence Williams, even after a subpar effort in Game 4. Hard to argue with that. Now, we wait to see if the C’s veterans can sustain it on a relatively short one day of rest before Game 6.
  • Rav

    Bass has been terrific this series.

    • The Cardinal

      True dat. During most of the regular season, I never would have dreamed of Bass being described as "terrific," but it's been true pretty much throughout this series. His defense on Anthony speaks for itself, but I've been equally impressed with his aggressiveness at the basket – he's finishing without getting blocked like he was during the regular season. He's also crashing the offensive board, but he's had a some slightly mistimed leaps that would otherwise have him in the 4 – 7 offensive rebound per night range.

  • NZNICK33

    Love the result but can't Lee get some of Bradley's minutes? He brings a lot of the same attributes but is a steadier ball-handler, more accurate shot, and he's got better size.
    I still feel we need as many good minutes as we can get from Bradley but Lee deserves some run.
    In saying that, really glad to see Williams get some burn.

    Back home, I hope one of our benched bigs can at least get 5 minutes or so of court-time.

    Believe in the C's!!!

    • Pauper

      There's got to be something about Lee. We're dying for energy and able bodies and he's an expensive bench ornament. Maybe he's not willing to play hard or has a bad attitude.

      • CG12

        I think that his confidence is just low and his play has reflected that when he has gotten in recently. Lee seems to be a guy who has a lot of ups and downs, which is too bad, because I really like what he gives this team when he is on.

  • Pauper

    Bass is the underrated hero so far. He has played great D and getting offense even with no plays being called for him. TWill was great and hopefully he'll be even more comfortable for the next game on the big stage. I hope Doc can keep his head on straight and focused because we need another ball handler besides Terry. With one days rest, someone needs to come up big for us in game 6 because I suspect Pierce and KG won't have their legs with big minutes.

  • janos

    what the wonderful night to all fan nba celtic i was so HAPPY watch this game tonight before start am prepare full meal ; soup, cabbage role , all trim. settiles in and wait for reward, which was gives ; us.

    where this guy jerk post now is? he go to the hide ; i am offer him call me and to give him lesson history nba, point him roof baner next game and show a respect him; learn.

    • Switcharoo

      Yea you tell ‘em Janos…right on! That twerp is off hiding in the corner now huh?

  • Switcharoo

    Good call for Doc tonight although I think he could have given Randolph a little time, if anything to soak up some fouls. Maybe we get to see him Friday. There are some games I really can’t stand Bass but tonight was wicked, this is when I remember why I like him. I bet the Knicks thought tonight was our swan song and they could cruise on out and dance on our grave….wrong! Take it game by game lads, this could be history in the making, but come game seven we are in for some serious shit.

    LET’S GO CELTICS!!!

    • Pauper

      I thought Doc should have gotten Randolph some minutes because it would make winning the series easier but I don't think an elimination game on the road is the right time to give him real minutes. Hopefully, he'll get a shot at home and can give some rebounds and minutes because KG can't go big minutes on 1 day.

  • emg

    As much as I think Pierce gets driven into the ground and turns the ball over in 2nd half, playing 45 minutes, etc., I don't see a better option for Doc. I think we need to get used to Pierce playing bad some of the game because his bad is better than anyone else we can swap in for him.

    • dslack

      I disagree. There are 2 things that come with Pierce sitting for a few minutes. (1) Some of Pierce's least effective minutes (can't chase loose balls, can't help on defense, coughs up the ball to Ray Felton) go to someone else (Crawford? Lee? Williams?). (2) Pierce gets some rest. Even if the replacement for Pierce's least effective minutes is less effective than Pierce's least effective version of himself (which isn't at all obvious to me), still, the benefit of getting Pierce some rest so that he can be more effective at the end of the game would be very valuable.

      • dslack

        Consider swapping 4 of Pierce's 44 minutes to some combination of Williams, Lee, Bradley, Crawford. A crude way of describing the result is something like this: You get 4 minutes of Williams and 40 minutes of a more rested Pierce, instead of 44 minutes of exhausted Pierce. I think this is a good trade. There's a reason that LeBron sits, Duncan sits, all the great coaches let their players sit, and a 35 yearold man with a pinched nerve needs more than 4 minutes of rest, too.

        • emg

          Williams played like a calm person today; I could consider him as a sub. Generally though removing Pierce is like removing the one player who can pass well. the Knicks keep going on deadly 10 point runs and I feel scared with Crawford. Lee and Bradley can't score so Jeff Green ends up being swamped and he can't score then either.

          • dslack

            Pierce played the last 32 minutes of the game. That's too many at his age. In the 4th quarter, Pierce was 0-3 from the floor with 3 turnovers and no assists. I think that if Courtney Lee had gotten 4 of those minutes, the other 8 minutes from Pierce would have been more effective. And Lee wouldn't have played significantly worse than Pierce did in the 4th.

          • CG12

            Couldn't agree more. PP playing too many minutes and not having his legs at the end of games is a very tiresome story at this point.

          • emg

            emg surrenders

    • GymRat

      I partly agree with those saying Doc should find him some rest. But you have to consider the context. The past two games have been elimination games. As in what are you saving Pierce for? Doc played him with the mindset of a coach who knows that if they lose and Pierce didn't play big minutes they'd both be pissed wondering if things would be different if PP was on the floor.

      I'm not sure why Doc doesn't like to sub for short stints and bring in role players such as Lee or Shav to buy the starters minutes. I agree it would help. But if your one of the best players on the team and this is possibly the last game of your season…or even your career…you want to be out on that floor.

      LeBron in an elimination game would play 48 minutes. I guarantee it.

  • High Rollers

    AB and C-Lee are probably battling injury / wear and tear. They both definitely are suffering from mismatches against the Knicks. Doc rightly went to T-Will. Jordan-C needs to chill and remember he’s a C not a ‘Bocker. Bad a** game. Ticket rules. Keep it up, C’s. Word out.

  • fabzzz

    This has gotta be one of my favorite C's playoff games ever in the KG era. Obviously when there's more at stake, those are are my favorites, but something about feeling like we didn't have a chance and then everyone rallying like they did, that's great.

    F*** it, I made a top moments list
    1. KG Jumper to clinch it. Duh. Has to be number 1. Just has to. It won us the game. He shakes Tyson Chandler with a great ball fake and once it leaves his hand it never had a chance to miss. All that right after some ridiculous JR Smith shooting that scared the shit out of me. KG has ice in his veins. Never count him out.
    2. Back to back Green threes. Where have you been Jeff Green? You have only scored ten points and we're in the fourth quarter of an elimination game? Oh there you are. Oh there you are again. Welcome to the show and thanks for keeping the season alive. Big maturation step, I hope (But I've said that before).
    3. Bass one on one in the fourth against Chandler. When this play started and Bass was dribbling into the paint against Chandler, I cringed. Then he knocks down a pretty fall away off the glass over Chandler and acts like he's been making clutch shots all year. You are the story of the series for the C's, Bassy.
    4. Turn around three by Pierce in the second and great pass in the paint for an easy KG lay-up. I love watching Paul Pierce in 2013 when he plays like 2008.
    5. Bradley loses the ball behind the halfcourt line with only eight seconds on the shot clock, recovers, and then goes almost coast to coast for the buzzer-beating lay-up. This is one of those fortuitous moments that makes you think: "Balls seem to be bouncing our way." That's why it made my list. One of those odd little things you take for granted in the second quarter but love once the game is done.

    Alright…I had too much fun writing that.

  • NZNICK33

    Jeff Green in the playoffs:

    43 mpg
    43 FG%
    40 3PG%
    84 FT%
    5.8 RPG
    2.3 APG
    1.0 BPG
    20.8 PPG

    If someone told you at the all-star break that a Celtics SF was putting up these stats, who would've guessed Green? Amazing stuff for a guy that averaged 8 PPG in November and most people had written off.
    I'm glad he has proven many of us wrong and despite knee-jerk reactions from some commentators, will be given the benefit of the doubt from now on.

    • CG12

      Green has quietly been the Celtics best player this series.

  • geo

    so, nothing about pierce being completely owned by shumpert tonight? shumpert's hands are way to fast for pierce right now, his iso game has been taken away this series, thank goodness for his three pointers.
    love the win, keep pushing boys!

    • CG12

      Shumpert, Kidd, and Felton have each given Pierce problems. P doesn't have the quickness right now to deal with physical defenders, and they have been bodying him up.

      • fabzzz

        I really like Shumpert just as a basketball fan. He is probably the best wing/guard defender the Knicks have.

    • Pauper

      I wrote this after earlier games. Pierce is stronger and bigger than Felton or Kidd but maybe it's lack of intelligence or lack of a PG but they need to get the ball to him in the post where size matters and speed isn't going to help much once Pierce gets position. Against Shumpert, he should be trying to facilitate and get the back to Green, KG, or Bass since one of them will have the mismatch.

  • CG12

    The C's pace was much better this game. They did a far better job of getting into their offense as soon as possible, avoiding the sludge-ball, feed-the-elbow, offense that has been the bane of this team.

    The Celts played really well, but the Knicks also played like crap. That effort last night was quintessential iso-ball. The Knicks barely ran on offense at all. It was just get Carmelo/Smith/Felton the ball and let them do their thing. The Knicks second tier guys gave them virtually nothing, and that is a formula for Celtic success. Melo and Smith are going to get theirs, but you don't over-react, you just keep challenging them and playing with discipline. The Celtics baited the Knicks into playing at the Celtics pace.

  • Danny

    Nothing better than a funeral, were the dead guy wakes up and kicks the shit out of the smug asshole who was there mock him and see if he was rly dead.

  • james patrick

    What did Jordan Crawford say?

    • IBleedGreen

      something about KG and Carmelo and Honey Nut Cheerios

    • Anthony

      He probably asked Melo to meet him by the bus so they can exchange numbers.

  • Pauper

    I don't know what he said but I know what he should have said which is "I'm an idiot for opening my fat mouth considering I didn't even play and should be focused on my job which is concentrate on the game and be ready when called."

  • noche

    I hope that Doc makes Crawford wear a suit tomorrow. It will teach him to grow up, he doesn't add any value over what Lee and Williams do.

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