It was an emotional homecoming for KG, playing in his first game in the Target Center since his trade to Boston, but he kept his emotions in check and finished with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block. One thing I have noticed is that KG has been getting at least one alley oop per game lately.
In the last two blow out wins, Gabe Pruitt has gotten some minutes: 12 against the Pistons and 4 tonight. He finished with 5 points. Patrick O'Bryant has also gotten some minutes in the past two games as well finishing with 1 block and 3 fouls in this game.
Rajon Rondo has played very well over the past few games. He posted in his blog on Yardbarker that he has changed his pre-game ritual and thinks that helped. Whatever he is doing, he needs to keep it up. He has been aggressive in taking the ball to the basket, hitting jumpers and generally been setting the tone for the game. He finished this one with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.
For the second game in a row, Pierce didn't have to take over offensively but he found other ways to contribute. He finished with just 12 points but also had 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
Leon Powe continues to make a case for more minutes as he finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds in just 19 minutes. This guy personifies the word hustle. I love Leon. Leon was needed tonight as Perk was in foul trouble much of the game and fouled out with 6 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 block.
The KG/Big Al matchup was a good one. Big Al scored 23 points but shot just 8-20. I really miss Big Al. I love KG and am glad the we have him, but I just wish we could someday get Big Al back as I think he is going to be a very special player and he's a good guy. I suspect that part of Perk's struggles stem from playing against his good friend once again.
There were quite a few Celtics fans in the crowd. I have never heard a crowd so dead though. They didn't seem to have much emotion for their team other than some boos in the 3rd quarter. I have never been able to figure fans booing their own team. Booing them definitely won't spur them on and encourage them.
Like Pierce, Ray didn't need a high scoring game but also found other ways to help with 11 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists.