|Brandon Bass, PF 32 MIN | 6-7 FG | 5-5 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +12
Bass scored 17 points without unnecessarily expanding his game. With the departure of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the fear was that Bass would take it upon himself to start trying things he’s not good at: dribbling, shooting threes, drive-and-kicking, etc. Apart from a couple of times where he tried to push the ball on the break– one leading to a picked-pocket and one leading to a deadend– Bass did what he’s done since he came to Boston. He shot midrange jumpers (5-for-6), guarded perimeter players, and played hard. I would have expected more rebounds with Brad Stevens actually allowing his players to crash the glass but I see this as a step in the right direction (did somebody say “Trade Value?!”).
|Jeff Green, PF 37 MIN | 8-16 FG | 7-9 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +8
Jeff Green said before the season that he wanted to be a 20 point a night scorer. The go-to guy for the Celtics. So far so good.
The fact that Green didn’t change up his game is the part of his performance I find most intriguing. He still attacked the basket in transition with varying success. He still didn’t rebound particularly well for a guy his size playing as many minutes as he did. And he’s still very limited in the half court (mostly corner threes).
That is, until 4:08 left in the fourth quarter! I wrote down the time so I could go back and watch it on repeat. Did anybody catch this? Green had the ball on the right wing, held it in the triple threat position, and instead of making a slow, long-strided attempt to get to the rim or shoot a straight up jumper over an outstretched hand, he put the ball on the floor, escape-dribbled to his left to create space and drained a step-back jumper. A bonafide go-to scorer-type of move. Paul Pierce-esque.
|Gerald Wallace, SF 40 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 3 PTS | -1
I might be the only one that liked Gerald Wallace’s game last night. Sure, his stat sheet left much to be desired in the way of stuffing but I find the way he throws his body around the court to be very cathartic. You’ll never have to hold yourself back from hurtling your remote at the TV because Wallace didn’t make an effort to grab that rebound.
|Vitor Faverani, C 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 5-8 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -17
Faverani? More like FAVORITE-ani. Amiright?
The C’s only center started the game off aggressive and looking for his offense early and often. It was almost as if this was some intentional brilliance or out-of-the-box wrinkle devised by Stevens. That is, until it became clear it was just Faverani’s DGAFrick attitude. I’m going to love watching this guy play.
|Avery Bradley, PG 31 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | -3
Bradley is trying to do a lot of things for the Celtics and it’s clear he hasn’t quite put it all together. Most notably, he’s trying to be a leader on the floor which is something that doesn’t come natural to him. It’s an unfortunate reality. The only other person that should be that demonstrative, on-court leader is Jeff Green and we all know that ain’t happening.
|Kelly Olynyk, PF 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -19
In Dirk Nowitzki’s first NBA game, he scored two points and had four assists in a 92-86 loss. I think we all know what this means.
|Kris Humphries, PF 21 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-3 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +12
Humphries threw himself a shot-following party and he was the only one invited. The more he plays like a role player that puts up numbers rather than an offensive focal point, the more some team trying to make a playoff push is going to want him.
|Phil Pressey, PG 4 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4
Pressey seemed a bit jumpy in his first professional game. This jumpiness earned him a quick rookie whistle from the officials. He was also woefully ineffective in the half court. All of these put together made for a short leash tonight. Here’s hoping that leash gets longer!
|Jordan Crawford, SG 18 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -2
Amazing unselfish drive-and-kick to Humphries followed up by a ridiculous 36 foot bomb. You freaking enigma.
|Courtney Lee, SG 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -16
When juxtaposed with Crawford, Lee leaves such a soothing feeling for the viewer. I’m looking forward to see how effective they can be making up that second unit over a bigger sample size.
|Jared Sullinger, PF DNP SUSPENDED BY TEAM MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Don’t do that.
|MarShon Brooks, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Hmmmm….really curious DNP here.
Highlights include, but are not limited to:
1) the long, aimless, off-the-mark oak tree analogy
2) his attempt to understand the new delay of game rules by asking Mike Gorman if he’d be allowed to head or bicycle kick the ball (nice plug for the NE Revolution CSNNE, but I’m hip to your game)
3) on Jordan Crawford’s made 36-footer: “That shot was brought to you by the letter ‘Y.’ Why did he shoot that? But he knocked it down. Wow.”
4) on Brandon Bass posting up: “He got him right in the popcorn popper.”
If opposing fans hated Tommy’s homerism, they’re going to really hate Max’s absurdity.