It’s been a long month of November. After beginning their season October 30, the Celtics have played 19 games in 30 days, and the effects are showing. After a solid first quarter in which Boston raced out to a 27-19 lead, the Celtics seemed to wear down, losing the second quarter 28-14 and never really recovering.
Individually, there were some nice signs of life, even in a dead overall effort, so let’s get to some post-game grades:
|Brandon Bass, PF 26 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +5Six points, seven rebounds, not much of note from Bass. The best part about a player like Bass is that on nights when he contributes a lot (and there are some!), he’s an incredibly pleasant surprise. Meanwhile, on nights when he’s quiet, he’s barely missed. Tonight was the latter.|
|Jared Sullinger, PF 33 MIN | 10-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 14 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 21 PTS | +9Just 1-for-5 on 3-pointers (after making his first one, it should be noted, which often encourages shooters to keep shooting), which is really the only complaint one might lodge with Sully’s performance. 21 points and 14 rebounds is (excuse my audacity) a Kevin Love-esque line and doesn’t seem unsustainable, especially given his excellent work in the post.|
|Avery Bradley, PG 35 MIN | 4-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -1Bradley has been shooting well from mid-range this season, which is why nine points on 15 shots is especially disappointing. He also fouled out for the third time this season (he fouled out of both of Boston’s first two games) after hacking in frustration late in the fourth. Not Bradley’s best game overall.|
|Jeff Green, SG 41 MIN | 7-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +4Hard to blame Green (or the rest of the starters) for much on a night when the bench finished with 13 points total. Green’s 18 points were right on the border of efficiency — 15 shots and 33 percent from 3-point range. He had just three rebounds, but Sully and Bass combined for 21, so they weren’t particularly necessary.|
|Jordan Crawford, SG 34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -6Points have to come from somewhere! He gets bumped up for dishing out five assists and turning the ball over just once.|
|Kris Humphries, PF 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -20Undeniable effort, very little tangible production.|
|Gerald Wallace, SF 25 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -4Bumped up for his rebounds and assists, but bumped down further for failing to attempt any kind of shot whatsoever — field goal, free throw or otherwise.|
|Vitor Faverani, C 15 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -16At one point, Faverani threw up a hook shot with so little arc, I honestly thought it was going to graze the bottom of the rim. Related: Fav was Boston’s high-scorer off the bench! He also did not grab a rebound or block a shot. So. That’s a thing.|
|MarShon Brooks, SG 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5MarShon Brooks scored 48 points per 48 minutes tonight, so he should pretty clearly be starting.|
|Keith Bogans, SG 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -10Thanks for hanging out, Keith.|
He gets an A+ just because he seems like a good guy.
That will have to do it for tonight. Boston’s next game is Tuesday against the Bucks, once again. This time, with home-court advantage and three days rest, we may see a better performance.
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