After every game, we'll take stock of how each individual performance affects the player's overall value.
Rajon Rondo: Screw the green arrow, Rondo deserves a gold star for his performance. His 1st quarter was phenomenal: 10 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. The Heat knew they were in for a fight right from the start. He managed the game brilliantly; on the break and in half-court sets.
Paul Pierce: A team-high 23 points, including a couple of momentum building 3s. Putrid stretch in 2nd quarter where took a pass off the chest, had shot blocked, threw the ball away and traveled. Contributed on the boards (7) and defensively (2 steals, only 23 for Lebron).
Avery Bradley: The Heat went after him and he responded with tough, hard-nosed defense. A big factor in Dwyane Wade missing 11 of 17 shots. His blocked shot may have been the highlight of the season. The Celtics are now 5-0 with Bradley as a starter.
Keyon Dooling: John wants to throw a coming out party for Keyon, but I'm not biting yet. He's elevated his play from 'atrocious' to 'decent.'
Sasha Pavlovic: Had him set for the red arrow, until I noticed the 5 rebounds.
Yesterday's demolition of the Heat put the league on notice. Don't sleep on Boston. The Celtics do have enough to make some noise in the playoffs. My definition of 'noise' is TBD.