|Jared Sullinger, PF 31 MIN | 8-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 17 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +5
Sully got his career-high rebound total in a paltry 31 minutes against superior length. It’s remarkable to watch the way he clears just enough space underneath with his body and then makes such ideal reads of the ball off the iron. Anyway, the rebounding alone constitutes a great night, damped only moderately by his (or Brad Stevens’?) continued insistence on him forcing up three-ball (26% on the season).
|Kelly Olynyk, C 37 MIN | 2-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -1
He’s learning on the job, which means a lot of defensive scrambling (the game seems like it’s still moving too fast for him) and ugly shooting nights, interrupted with the odd flash of “that guy’s really gonna be able to help us,” like last night’s ball-fake then strong-take off the dribble.
|Avery Bradley, PG 36 MIN | 9-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | 0
He’s not exactly shy on the offensive end anymore, is he? Bradley chased his horrific 5-22 night against Houston with another 18 shots, all but three of them outside the paint. In fact, eight of his nine makes were between 16-26 feet, more evidence that Avery’s looking to open up driving lanes by pulling defenders closer, since he’s still mechanical off the dribble. The defense isn’t a sore spot by any means, but under a lot of pressure from a Spurs team that quick-outed after misses and makes, Bradley made his share of mistakes.
|Jeff Green, SG 39 MIN | 7-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -4
You’ll remember the highlight reel dunk and the two three-balls. But don’t forget the way Kawhi Leonard roughed him up in the third quarter and, as always, Green’s willingness to go along for whatever the ride is, even if it’s not favorable to the C’s. Refashion Green with Gerald Wallace’s approach to the game and you’d really have something. In summary, another superficially attractive night from Green. Fake Plastic Trees.
|Jordan Crawford, SG 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | 0
Ain’t scared of no shot.
|Kris Humphries, PF 5 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -7
Waiting on a trade.
|Brandon Bass, PF 20 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -21
A bad night for Bass who saw his mid-range game neutralized by a Spurs defense that took away any open looks and forced the ball out of his hands. I remember enough classic sleepy Bass defensive lapses that l’m docking him significantly on that end. It might be even worse than I remember but I don’t have the heart to go back and rewatch it all again.
|Gerald Wallace, SF 15 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -12
Never has so much self-righteousness been backed up by so middling a series of performances.
|Vitor Faverani, C 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2
Aside from two fouls in two minutes, Stevens didn’t see Big Fav as an answer for the Spurs bigs. Maybe because of lineup combos. He’s a particularly awkward fit with Sully from an offensive spacing perspective. Or is he nursing some injury? Or still paying for his bad night against Houston?
|Phil Pressey, PG 9 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -13
Still like his poise and he had a surprisingly effective drive and finish to the basket. Will do more with more, and sooner than other rookie PGs we’ve seen through these parts over the last decade. But still, as a rookie, he’s sub-replacement level, save for the desire to get a look at him in real game action. No argument there.
|Courtney Lee, SG 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -4
Can vanish in plain sight during games like no other Celtic on this roster.
One Thing We Saw
- Despite the loss, the Celtics really did make an effort to create mismatches and opportunities in transition. They put a lot of pressure on the San Antonio defense. The problem is the Spurs are much better at that kind of thing. Look – San Antonio is in a different stratosphere than Boston right now but Brad Stevens has to feel good about his team’s effort, if not their inability to make all the necessary rotations on defense each possession.