|Brandon Bass, PF 37 MIN | 6-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | 0Another night, another perfectly acceptable performance by Brandon Bass, who is quickly becoming not only Boston’s most tradable asset but also the player fans most want to see playing for a contender. He was also one of just three Celtics with more points than shots, which pretty well summed up Boston’s offense. I can’t hand out an A to any Celtic for an offensive output like that, but I most wanted to give one to Bass.|
|Vitor Faverani, C 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +2Vitor seems to be a big fan of handoffs where he also sets the screen, and he performs them well, but he doesn’t roll fast enough to be much of a PnR threat yet. If the last two games have been regression to the mean, it has never felt so unkind.|
|Avery Bradley, PG 29 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +6Like several other starters, we’ll have to set aside complaints of inefficiency and instead appreciate his defensive effort against Orlando’s backcourt, as well as his team-high eight rebounds.|
|Jeff Green, SG 32 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +10Just 10 points for Green, but they were 10 of the loudest points, as they included one massive dunk over Jason Maxiell. The dunk was so awesome, we’ll just conveniently forget the airballed floater with about 30 seconds remaining that would have pushed Boston’s lead to six.|
|Jordan Crawford, SG 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +11The truest point guard on the floor tonight, Crawford sees spaces and angles like — wait for it — a professional floor general. It’s confusing, encouraging and eminently doubtable all at the same time. His shooting line was marred by some early chucking, but he made a couple of big plays late and did a nice job getting his teammates involved.|
|Jared Sullinger, PF 20 MIN | 2-8 FG | 7-8 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -1Sullinger did a lot of Sullinger things. More importantly, Mike Gorman continued to wage his quiet war against Sullinger’s 3-point attempts last night, asking P.J. Carlesimo “Are you in favor of that shot?” in a tone that suggested Carlesimo give a very certain answer. Gorman is the best.|
|Kris Humphries, PF 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +3Hayes pointed out Thursday that Humphries is showing a disturbing tendency to wander off the bench and into the game, but he very quickly curtailed against Orlando. Big ups to his handlers.|
|Gerald Wallace, SF 20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -13Wallace defended Aaron Afflalo’s late 2-pointer-which-was-meant-to-be-a-3-pointer nicely, even though Afflalo knocked it down. He also went 24 hours without publicly complaining about how much this team is destroying his soul, so knucks all around.|
|Kelly Olynyk, C 22 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | +1Like many rookies still compensating for a lack of athleticism, Olynyk’s tendency to defend with his hands continues to get him in trouble. He did, however, knock down a big shot late in the game to stretch a tenuous two-point lead to four, and for a player whose confidence has appeared shaky thus far, one big shot might go a long way.|
|Phil Pressey, PG 16 MIN | 0-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -2I’m giving Pressey a very poor grade because I love him, I’m disappointed in him, and I KNOW HE CAN DO BETTER.|
|Courtney Lee, SG 17 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | -7If we could somehow splice Courtney Lee’s one-dribble pull-up into Avery Bradley’s game, Bradley’s 2K score would go up by about 10 points.|
|Brad StevensBrad Stevens has an excellent post-game poker face. Not unlike, I imagine, Lady Gaga who will probably be compared to Stevens several times before the season is over.|
Three Things We Saw
- Defense wins championships, but offense makes games watchable, and that game was pretty rough on the eyes. Boston finished shooting 35.8% and a fiery 2-for-14 from 3-point range. Orlando, meanwhile, was little better: 39.8% overall and 4-for-20 from behind the arc.
- If neither team is scoring, turnovers and offensive rebounds become even more important, and Boston won both categories. The Magic turned the ball over 20 times to Boston’s 11, and the Celtics grabbed 19 offensive boards to Orlando’s 16.
- For those in favor of tanking, it’s good to remember that Boston’s second win is still tied for fewest in the Eastern Conference. It’s also good to remember that Philadelphia, at 4-2, is at the top of the Atlantic Division and is second overall in the Eastern Conference because life doesn’t make sense to anyone anymore.
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