After every game, we’ll take stock of how each individual performance affects the player’s overall value.
He was in hyper-aggressive attack mode for most of the night and it was a pleasure to watch. When was the last time you saw Rondo drop a 12 point, 0 assist quarter? Five of his 7 buckets came within 9 feet. His defensive statistics were decent (2 steals, 1 block), but I’m upping the grade because of the team’s overall defensive play.
KG was quiet on offense, taking just 9 shots. But with a red hot Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, I can’t fault him. He tallied three blocks on defense and should have had a fourth. I’d like to see more than 6 rebounds, especially with Anderson Varejao on the bench. But he’s getting the overall green arrow because if the Cavs shot 40%, KG had something to do with it.
Just an inspiring performance from the Truth. He was lethal from long-range . Lost in the scoring barrage was his 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Easily his best all-around game since Game 2 of last year’s playoff series with Atlanta. Alonzo Gee and Cleveland’s other small forwards are going to have nightmares for a while.
A solid offensive game by JET. He shot 6-9, nailed three 3’s and even mixed in four assists. I didn’t feel like he forced many shots.
1 point and 2 rebounds in 23 minutes. Only in the land of underachieving Celtics big men is this a big deal. He also gets credit for setting a couple of strong screens. I just can’t bring myself to insert a green arrow for a stat line like that.
Offense: Defense: Overall:
3 points, 1 rebound in 14 unassuming minutes. He did stand out in one category: -17. A key contributor to the Cavs 20-2 run.
Offense: Defense: Overall:
Equally as bad as Jeff Green. Had more turnovers (3) than baskets (2). Didn’t seem to have his head in the game.
Mediorcre at best. The only thing keeping him from a trio of red arrows is the fact Green and Lee set the bar so low.
5 rebounds in 15 minutes? I’ll take that rebounding rate just about every game. Everything else – meh.
The insertion of Jason Collins into the starting line-up was pure genius. It put the rotation players on notice – if you don’t play aggressive and play smart defense, your ass will sit. It also worked because Anderson Varejao was on the bench. Collins responded with a mediocre game and Doc continued the mind-games in the press by calling the performance “amazing.”
The Cavs are a terrible team who played without their top rebounder and defender. Sure, I could nitpic about the Celtics inability to close out the game late in the 3rd quarter, but as we all know and hate – that’s not their style.
After three lackluster efforts on the road, I’m not going to fret over style points. The Celtics needed this win and they got it.