After every game, we'll take stock of how each individual performance affects the player's overall value.
Paul Pierce: He's one of those missing shots he'd normally make. Pierce came out hot early, but after 6 early points, he only hit for 8 the rest of the way. He's been off lately, and I'm wondering why.
Chris Wilcox: I know I just said start Wilcox over Jermaine then proceeded to give him a the 50/50 assessment. He needs to get better defensively. On one play, he got so lost after a pick that Paul Pierce had to leave Luol Deng alone in the corner to cover Wilcox's ass and close off a lane for a lay up. Deng, of course, nailed the 3. Little breakdowns have big repercussions.
Mickael Pietrus: He's gone cold from deep. But he did grab 7 rebounds.
JaJuan Johnson: The kid has taken a little step back. His jumper is a little off and it's clear that people weren't wrong about him needing to get stronger. He needs to be able to hold his position out there. ONE rebound in 10 minutes will NOT get the job done.
Avery Bradley: Yeah, I get it… the "Honey Badger" is still great. But he really is not very good as a point guard. I'm sick of watching this kid fumble the ball as he's dribbling and then miss open jump shots. If I'm the opposing coach, I put someone on Bradley full court the second he checks in for Rondo. This is a problem.
Doc Rivers: The zone worked a little but guys keep getting lost. I'll repeat: bench Jermaine O'Neal. Let him defend second-unit guys and block shots. The second unit's production has been terrible lately, so maybe letting JO block a couple of shots with the bench will get them going. And while we're talking about a lack of bench production… where the hell has E'Twaun Moore been? The bench needs a spark and the kid can shoot. Play him.
If Ray Allen shoots a little better and Pierce & KG make shots they should down the stretch, this game might have been different. The first quarter was really good, the second quarter was really bad, but the Celtics had a chance to win against a pretty good Bulls team even without Derrick Rose. It's a horribly frustrating loss, but the C's still had chances. The question now is, are the Celtics too old or past their prime to eventually capitalize on those chances?