After every game, we’ll take stock of how each individual performance affects the player’s overall value.
Kind of a blah effort from Rondo for most of the night. He looked aggressive early, and he had spurts of energy, but overall, not much to speak of. He had more energy directing the defense from the bench on the second half than he did on the floor at times.
Clearly, he’s our new backup point guard
KG did everything… 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks…. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot of points, but he was the only starter in double figures and he did all that in 29 minutes.
It looked for a hot second that Pierce was going to come out just as hot as he was when he left New York. But honestly, after that performance, and with the Rockets coming up, a working day off isn’t the worst thing in the world when you consider they got the win.
Bass was a team-low -17, but this might be one of those instances where the stat is a bit overblown.
I went back and forth on his offense. But he shot 4 of 9, which isn’t bad at all, and he had the second highest point total of all the starters in just 18 minutes. I’m probably being a little generous here, but I’m too impressed with his overall impact on the team.
Please… Jeff… don’t hurt ’em
Considering that exactly one year ago from yesterday Jeff Green was on a hospital bed, this is especially amazing. I’m going to borrow the term coined by ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg and wish Jeff a Happy Slammiversary.
JET sort of quietly had perhaps his best game as a Celtic. Aside from the one boneheaded 3 he took on a 2-on-1 fast break, JET was brilliant. He took shots in the flow of the game (6-8 fg)… passed when it called for it (5 assists) and contributed on the boards (5 reb).
3 steals in 19 minutes and one of the key instigators of Boston’s bench-mob runs. It’s like I said last night… get stops, and run… then the game gets easy.
I’m pretty much at the point where I’m drawing “I <3 Sully” on my Trapper Keeper.
(If you don’t know what a Trapper Keeper is, then I resent you for your youth)
He played! He hit 2 FT’s! He didn’t hurt us!!
His starters struggled, so Jeff Green got more minutes than Paul Pierce. Jared Sullinger got more minutes than KG. Terry and Lee got as many minutes as Rondo and Bradley. And it all worked out very well.
Sometimes, your starters are going to suck. At times like that, you need your bench to come in and be the can of Red Bull… and that’s what the C’s got from the bench last night.
They can’t all be wire-to-wire blowouts. They can’t all be high-energy, high-emotion victories that makes fans wipe away a single tear. Some wins are going to be frustrating and ugly. When you consider how many frustrating and ugly losses this team has had this season…. I’m perfectly fine with this game.
The Celtics are now just 3 games from the 3rd seed… and 2.5 from the 4th seed.