NBA Playoffs 2011: Grading Each Boston Celtics Player on His Playoff Performance

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Grading Each Boston Celtics Player on His Playoff Performance
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After a total of seven playoff games, we're beginning to get a sense of what the Boston Celtics are capable of down the stretch.

After sweeping the New York Knicks (after two hard-fought, overly difficult victories at TD Garden and two comparatively easy games at Madison Square Garden), the Celtics lost the first two games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the vaunted Miami Heat, appearing out of sync, sluggish and flat outright old compared to the younger, higher-powered offense led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Pushed into a corner, the Celtics responded with a 97-81 victory on Saturday night with a return to Boston. Despite what looked like an extremely painful elbow injury suffered by Rajon Rondo, the Celtics outlasted Miami on the back of a 28-point, 18-rebound performance by Kevin Garnett.

This was certainly a great single game, as the Celtics finally seemed to find a rhythm at both ends of the court that was capable beating the Heat. But what about the entire playoffs? How have individual players performed up to this point?

Let's take a look at grades for each Celtics player through the playoffs so far.

 

*This slideshow will only cover the first seven preseason games; it does not include Game 4 due to time constraints in writing this article.

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