At first glance, this was a solid night's work for the Celtics' trio of All-Stars.
Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett finished with reasonably strong statistics, and if the Celtics adhered to the mantra that any win is a good win, then everyone might have gone home happy. But none of those three played as well as their stat lines might suggest, and it has been a long time since the Celtics were satisfied with ugly victories in the regular season.
Pierce looked the sharpest on paper with 27 points and seven rebounds in 35 minutes. Rondo seemed to direct the offense effectively with his 12-point, 12-assist, two-turnover performance. Garnett put in the hard work up front, ending with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Yet all three had hiccups that contributed to the Celtics losing a 16-point lead and needing to fend off the Wizards until the end of the 89-86 win.
Pierce shot 4-for-11 and committed two turnovers in the first half. Although he came on str...