There were a lot of candidates for Player of the Game in this one. Here are some of the stats: Paul Pierce: 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal Ray Allen: 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals Kevin Garnett: 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals Kendrick Perkins: 10 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 4 blocks Rajon Rondo: 4 points, 11 assists, 2 steals Leon Powe: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal
Some impressive stuff there. For the second game in a row, Perk has scored in double figures and blocked 4 shots. Ray Allen has his stroke going again and gave the Celtics energy down the stretch with a huge dunk. Rondo only had 4 points, but he dished out 11 assists. Kevin Garnett put in his best game of the season so far. All very impressive and worthy of POG status.
But, my vote for Player of the Game goes to Leon Powe. The Celtics were down 8 at the end of the first quarter and looked sluggish with no energy. Enter Leon Powe and the energy he brought off the bench was infectious and picked up the whole team. He scored 11 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, dished out one assist and grabbed a steal in just 18 minutes of play. And, without the energy he brought into the game, who knows how it might have ended. So, for turning the tide in this game, Leon is my Player of the Game.