If I told you during the first part of the season that there would be a game which the Celtics were lead to victory by Jeff Green and Shavlik Randolph, you may have just punched me in the teeth. I would have lost all credibility as a writer, and I’d have been blacklisted by the writing community to authoring only preschool level picture books. But that is exactly what happened tonight…yes, Celtics fans it is true; Shavlik Randolph and Jeff Green are your leaders of the night in a Celtics victory….. cue the “resign Shavlik” talk in 5…4….3….2….1….
Shavlik Randolph- Give the dude some props. He’s been awful in some games but he’s really found his niche on this team. He is their rebounder and enforcer in the paint. Tommy loves the kid because he never gives up an easy layup and that is mostly true. A few nice blocks , double digit rebounds with 7 of them coming on the offensive glass (something the Celtics have sorely lacked in recent years). Fantastic night for a guy whose name I still cannot pronounce
Paul Pierce- Triple double for Pierce with 20-10-10 but the big number? Only one turnover as the primary ball handler….he looked old at times but this was a nice game for him when you look back at it. One of those games that looks worse when your watching it.
Jeff Green- While the Celtics miss the leadership from Kevin Garnett, it seems as if when Garnett is absent Green shines brightest. Greens best games this season have come when Garnett has been out. Coincidence? Probably not. Green may feel that he doesn’t deserve to take the shots over the Big Ticket, but its pretty clear that the Celtics made the right move keeping Green around and there is no doubt that Green is going to be an important piece to the future of this organization.
Jason Terry- Terry has been up and down all season. Tonight was an up night, 24 points on 7-10 shooting. What more can you ask for?
Avery Bradley- Tonight was a night that made us all realize that he was much better suited as a 2 rather than a point guard. He just looks out of control sometimes when driving, his shot was off. All around a lackluster game for the Longhorn.
Chris Wilcox- Quick fouls, little impact, and a few turnovers while earning the start tonight….not a good game for Wilcox. He is one of the only bigs on this team and he only saw 12 minutes of action for a reason tonight on a bigs-starving roster.