Player Power Rankings

Ron Artest can't keep Paul Pierce from remaining at #1 in our Power Rankings

In the past week, we’ve seen the Celtics play 4 games (I guess you have to count the win vs. Cleveland, the worst team in the league), with the past three coming on a 4-game West Coast Road trip. They did not look particularly good in winning one of the first two games on the trip, but Sunday they came through in a big way, beating the rival Lakers at L.A.’s Staples Center. Realistically, all any fan should have been looking for from this trip is to win 2 games and to beat L.A. Well, with one game left in the trip, mission accomplished. This week’s Player Power Rankings come w/ heavy emphasis on this road trip (Last week’s ranking in parenthesis):

1. Paul Pierce (Last week’s ranking: 1): Was the best player on the team Sunday vs. the Lakers. Scored 12 straight 3rd quarter points to give the C’s a lead they never relinquished. Ended w/ 32 points. Played solid “D” on Kobe as well.

2. Kevin Garnett (3): Only Celtic to bring energy all three games of current road trip. Near triple double vs. Portland, ejected vs. Phoenix (hey at least he showed some passion), and a BIG effort vs. Lakers w/ 18 points, 13 boards and 5 assists.

3. Ray Allen (4): Hit some absolute daggers vs. Lakers Sunday. Held team together for stretches playing w/ 2nd unit. Led team in scoring vs. Portland as well.

4. Rajon Rondo (2): Didn’t bring any energy and played very sloppy in first two games of road trip. Came back nicely vs. Lakers w/ 10 points and 16 assists. I know I’m being hard on him, but he’s the guy who needs to bring it every night on this older team.

5. Big Baby (5): After getting hurt Friday in Phoenix, had a real nice game vs. Lakers with some tough , tone-setting buckets underneath.

6. Kendrick Perkins (N/A): Great to have Perk back after missing first 42 games. He’s a bit rusty but the Celtics were +13 when he was in the game vs. Lakers (team high).

7. Nate Robinson (8): Nate had been playing poorly but had a BIG game vs. Lakers with 11 points off the bench. Anytime a Celtics bench player has makes a big contribution in a road game, it’s a real good thing.

8. Shaq (6): Tough week for Shaq, missing two games w/ a hip injury, and getting in foul trouble and scoring zero points in his annual LA-homecoming game.

9. Marquis Daniels (7): Meh. Yeah, that’s all I got on Marquis.

Doc Rivers made it real easy to decide who my top 9 were, and who the rest were. Basically, if Doc played you versus the Lakers, you made the Top 9. If not, then you didn’t.

10. Semih Erdin (10): Now that Perk’s back, he’s getting less minutes, but is still somewhat productive when he plays.

11. Von Wafer (12): Had a nice game vs. Cleveland, producing some scoring punch and energy off bench.

12. Luke Harangody (11): Also had a decent game vs. Cleveland. Hasn’t scored a point on this road trip.

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Hunter Thomas
As a lifetime New England sports fan, Hunter was determined in October of 2005 to finally start using that passion and determination to create the site now known as Celtics 24/7. Formerly known as Celtics Pride, Celtics 24/7 has become one of the most well-respected and followed Celtics websites. Our motto “For Fans, By Fans” rings entirely true as we’ve built and grown a community of passionate and enthusiastic Celtics fans. It all starts with you–the fans, and I appreciate every single person who supports us on our journey to the top.


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  2. NickSava

    January 31, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I still believe that in the end, KG or Rondo will be this team’s MVP. However, Pierce has been their most consistent performer all year, and yesterday’s game was no different.

  3. Hunter Thomas


    January 31, 2011 at 2:42 am

    After todays game I definitely agree with Pierce at #1!

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