|Hakim Warrick, PF 34 MIN | 6-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -7
Again with the mid-range jumpers, though he made good on 4-7 from outside the paint (two were blocked by Bass). Struggled on the boards versus KG and Co., managing to pull down only four in 34 minutes of run.
|Bismack Biyombo, PF 28 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -11
Bis has to find a way to assert himself more on the offensive end of the floor. Was called for offensive goal-tending after putting back a miss that was clearly still in the cylinder (to his credit he did convert on another put-back dunk). Much like Warrick, struggled on the boards with only five in 28 minutes. Not the ratio you’re looking for when your ability to score the basketball is limited.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 22 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -6
Logged only 22 minutes, but made the most of his time on the court. Great job rebounding the basketball and did a respectable job defending Pierce.
|Kemba Walker, PG 28 MIN | 4-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -14
Not a good night for Kemba. Almost as many turnovers as made baskets and struggled to keep Rondo out of the lane (he’s not alone, however). Got rolled up on by Brandon Bass in the 3rd while going for a loose ball but continued to play through the pain (bumping him up from a C- to a C).
|Gerald Henderson, SG 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -15
Got to the rim for a pair of baskets (the second a slam via in-bounds pass in the vicinity of Kevin Garnett) and also made a couple of difficult mid-range shots that were heavily contested. Highlight of the night was his flagrant foul on Garnett, which got a lot of play on Twitter.
|Jeff Adrien, SF 11 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -1
More great energy off the bench from Adrien. Pulled down six boards in only 11 minutes and did his best to hang with Garnett. Needs to convert at the charity stripe, however.
|Jeffery Taylor, SF 15 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +6
Two nice threes from virtually the same spot above the break as well as a dunk in transition. All in all, very solid minutes off the bench.
|Brendan Haywood, C 20 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | 0
|Ramon Sessions, PG 24 MIN | 5-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +7
Outside of struggling to contain Rondo (see Kemba), provided a boost off the bench along with Taylor. Got to the line, which he does with frequency when he’s playing well.
|Ben Gordon, SG 30 MIN | 5-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -14
Made some difficult shots (per usual), though it’s bound to happen when you take difficult shots. Three turnovers, which unfortunately has come to be expected.
Four Things We Saw
- Rondo leads the way. The mercurial PG had his way with the Bobcats, particularly in the first quarter (9 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds). His exploits helped propel the Celtics to an early lead.
- Corner pocket. The Celtics hit on 5 of their 8 made three-pointers (8-21; 38% for the game) from the corners (Avery Bradley was responsible for 4 of the 5). The corner three is the most efficient shot from behind the arc and the Bobcats must begin defending it more effectively. You may see a post on this in the near future.
- No, you have it. Boston rebounded on 34% of their misses, drastically higher than their League-worst ORR of just under 21%.
- Cats were feisty. Both Walker and Gordon picked up technicals in addition to the aforementioned flagrant foul committed by Henderson.