Celtics: Mid-season report card

Kevin Garnett is at the head of the class in the Causeway Street classroom.
Kevin Garnett is at the head of the class in the Causeway Street classroom.

The Celtics stormed into the All-Star Break winning eight of their last nine games and looking like a team that can roll with the best of the best. But it’s important to remember the hard-to-watch crew prior to the run. Here’s the report card for the Boston Celtics at the All-Star Break.


Head of the Class

Paul Pierce: A- Pierce has seen his shooting percentage drop since the beginning of January, but he’s still been the team’s most important player, and since Rajon Rondo went down, the best. He’s averaging 8.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists in February – well above his career averages. The question remains if Pierce can keep doing it all at the rate he has been.

Kevin Garnett: A- Along with Pierce, Garnett is leading the C’s since Rondo’s injury. His averages of 15 points and 7.7 rebounds this season are actually pretty much on par with his last four seasons with Boston, and so is his effectiveness. Garnett remains the C’s most important big man and defender.

 

Improvement Noted
Jason Terry: B+ Can you guess the Celtics’ plus/minus leader at the All-Star Break? It’s Terry, at plus-84. That’s pretty hard to believe when you think about just how awful he was to start the year. Terry’s completely turned his season around and is now the sixth man Boston had been looking for.

Jeff Green: B It’s hard to talk about Jeff Green’s productivity without mentioning his four-year, $36 million dollar contract. Has he lived up to it yet? Nope. But like Terry, Green has been much more effective – on both ends of the court – as of late. He’s the definition of a player who is far better when he’s playing “mindless” basketball.

 

Improvement Needed
Avery Bradley: C+ Bradley was hailed as the savior prior to his return to the Celtics, and while he’s certainly been a plus on the defensive side of things, he’s yet to find his shot this season. Bradley is shooting under 40 percent from the field and under 30 percent from the 3-point line. Those numbers have to rise.

Courtney Lee: C+ Lee was a starter to begin the year, then he went to the bench, and now he’s back starting again. That about sums up his up-and-down season, but like most of the team, he’s playing better now than before. Lee’s defense has been commendable, but he needs to be more aggressive on offense.

 


See Me After Class

Chris Wilcox: C- Chris Wilcox has once again had a hard time finding the basketball court due to injuries and inconsistencies. He had a knack for catching alley-oops from Rondo and Leandro Barbosa – but that ain’t happening anymore. Still, the run-and-gun offense may suit him.

Brandon Bass: C- Bass had lost his starting job just before Jared Sullinger went down for the year, forcing Boston to put him back into the lineup. He is by far the team’s worst plus/minus guy at minus-142. But there’s hope: He’s shooting 49 percent in February, easily his best month of the season.

Jason Collins: C-  Let’s remember that all grades are relative here. The C’s didn’t expect to get a whole lot out of Collins as an end-of-rotation player. He bodies up to fellow 7-footers, and sets good picks. Other than that, he’s good for six fouls.

 


Incomplete:

Fab Melo – not NBA ready

Rajon Rondo – torn ACL

Jared Sullinger – back surgery

Leandro Barbosa
– torn ACL



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Sister of accused Boston Marathon bombers arrested for…

The sister of the accused Boston Marathon bombers was arrested in New York City for threatening a woman over the phone, saying she could "put a bomb on you," police…

Local

Mayor announces public housing improvements

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across…

National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

Local

Bratton defends 'broken windows' work as NYPD support…

Sixty percent of those polled said they support the "broken windows" theory approach popularized by Commissioner Bratton since his first term in the 1990s.

Television

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

Season 11’s top four dancers gave their final performances before America’s Favorite Dancers are announced next week.

Going Out

Labor Day in NYC: Make the last weekend…

Soon, it’ll be time for wool accessories and knee-high boots. Even the Pumpkin Spice Latte has already arrived — but we still have one last…

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

MUSIC The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees…

Going Out

5 things to do this weekend in NYC

The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees expected. David Guetta,…

NFL

Mario Manningham on the bubble as Giants play…

Former Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham hopes his second go-around with Big Blue doesn’t end with Saturday’s final cut day.

NFL

Source: Stephen Hill 'faces a battle' to make…

A team source says Stephen Hill, who has battled injuries and poor performances during his first two years, is no lock to make the Jets’ final roster.

Sports

Serena Williams leaving legacy of talented American women…

It seems only a matter of when, not if, Serena Williams will win her 18th career grand slam championship.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…

Sex

The 10 types of people you meet online

Does it ever seem like online dating profiles tend to get a little repetitive? It turns out you are not the only one to have…