Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Boston

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIApril 13, 2013

Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Boston

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    In a clash between Eastern Conference foes, the Boston Celtics dominated the Orlando Magic en route to a 120-88 win. Seven Celtics scored in double figures, and Boston held the Magic to 42.2 percent shooting from the floor.

    Boston now moves to 41-39, while Orlando sits at 20-60.

    Courtney Lee led the Celtics with 20 points while coming off of the bench. Kevin Garnett, in his return from an ankle injury, complemented Lee with 14 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes.

    So how did this dominant win transpire?

Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics

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    Overall Grade: A-

    Minutes Played: 27

    Stat Line

    14 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2/3 3PT

     

    Entering this game, Beno Udrih had been averaging 16.8 points and 8.4 assists on 60 percent shooting from beyond the arc during the month of April. As Avery Bradley always seems to do, he made Udrih incapable of any offense.

    Udrih scored seven points on 2-of-8 shooting and committed three turnovers.

    That was a result of Bradley's unparalleled ability to lock down scoring guards and render them helpless. On the offensive end, he was equally as proficient with 14 points on 2-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc.

    This was yet another magnificent outing by Bradley—even if his true position is in question.

Paul Pierce, Shooting Guard

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    Overall Grade: A-

    Minutes Played: 27

    Stat Line

    12 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 4/12 FG

     

    Shooting percentages aside, Paul Pierce was absolutely magnificent. Without a true point guard in the rotation, Pierce took on the facilitating duties and led an elite offensive output.

    Pierce tallied eight assists and committed just two turnovers in the process.

    Pierce struggled to get his shot to fall, but he still managed to take it off of the dribble and worked the angles to perfection. This enabled Pierce to generate contact and draw help-side defenders, thus creating passing lanes.

    Pierce capitalized on those opportunities with a well-rounded performance.

Jeff Green, Small Forward

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    Overall Grade: B

    Minutes Played: 37 

    Stat Line

    17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 6/17 FG, 2/3 3PT

     

    There is a strong majority that expects Jeff Green to stop playing at an All-Star-caliber level. Saturday night was yet another game that made one loud and resounding statement.

    Even when his shot isn't falling, Green can contribute at a high-quality level—the mark of a star.

    While Green may have struggled to shoot from the field, he went 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists and picked up two steals.

    Most importantly, Green played a game-high 37 minutes despite suffering an apparent hamstring injury.

    Green provided Paul Pierce with the opportunity to rest as he builds momentum for the postseason with limited play on two bum ankles. While on the floor, Green did everything but convert field goals.

    Yet another part of the growing process on Green's road to stardom.

Brandon Bass, Power Forward

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    Overall Grade: A-

    Minutes Played: 32

    Stat Line

    14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks, 6/7 FG

     

    Brandon Bass had yet another efficient performance, dropping 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor. To further solidify his evening as a reputable one, Bass blocked three shots and grabbed five rebounds.

    Yet another high-quality performance by Bass.

    Bass managed to get into space and provide a mid-range threat for penetrating Celtics players. He also hit the offensive glass well and helped keep the Magic off of the boards.

    It wasn't flashy, but making six of seven field goals and blocking three shots works against any caliber opponent.

Kevin Garnett, Center

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    Overall Grade: A+

    Minutes Played: 19

    Stat Line

    14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 7/8 FG

     

    You couldn't have asked Kevin Garnett to play any better than he did Saturday night.

    Despite seeing just 19 minutes of action, Garnett nearly picked up a double-double while matched against Nikola Vucevic. If not for a rebound that Chris Wilcox virtually pried out of KG's hands, he would have registered the feat.

    We'll take 14 points and 9 rebounds in 19 minutes as a quality enough outing.

    KG played Vucevic physically, feeling out the leniency of the referees early and keeping the rebounding machine out of the paint. While matched up against Andrew Nicholson, Garnett had similar success.

    As always, KG was lethal from mid-range and anchored a superb performance by the Celtics.

Courtney Lee, Sixth Man

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    Overall Grade: A+

    Minutes Played: 28

    Stat Line

    20 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 7/10 FG, 3/3 3PT

     

    For the second consecutive game, Courtney Lee found his shot and never looked back. After dropping 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting against the Miami Heat on Friday, Lee's hot shooting carried over.

    This time around, Lee scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.

    Lee was everywhere, making defensive plays both on the ball and off of it. He consistently denied the entry pass and limited Maurice Harkless' open looks all night.

    On offense, Lee worked well off of the ball and got out in transition. To put it simply, Lee was magnificent on both ends of the floor.

    Again.

Reserves

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    Overall Grade: A+

    Average +/-: plus-10

    Collective Stat Line

    49 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 steals, 1 block, 20/28 FG, 5/5 3PT

     

    Jordan Crawford received a technical foul during the first half for asking for a foul on a made layup. During the third quarter, he received a delay of game penalty for not having his jersey tucked in.

    Other than that, it was smooth sailing for Boston's bench.

    The Celtics' second unit tallied 49 points on 71.4 percent shooting from the field. They made 20 of their 28 shot attempts and limited Orlando as a defensive unit as well.

    Between Crawford's hot shooting and Chris Wilcox's thunderous throwdowns, Boston's second unit played at an elite level Saturday night.