Another day, another performance closer to the norm for Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics). Pierce scored 24 points on Monday in a 97-88 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder — a second-straight strong performance after a three-game, 8-for-34 slump last week. He shot a much more efficient 8 of 15 (2 of 4 threes) in 38 minutes on Monday, with five rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block (full stats here). Pierce carried the Celtics at times (six straight points in the last two minutes of the first half; four more points in the first minute of the second half), but Boston lost its fifth game in a row.
Josh Selby (Memphis Grizzlies) scored five points on five shots (1 of 3 threes) on Monday as the Grizzlies took down the Chicago Bulls, 102-86. Selby played 11 minutes at backup point guard and had a steal and two assists to three turnovers (full stats here).
For what it’s worth, Scott Schroeder (NBC Sports contributor, D-League blogger) and Doug Gottlieb (radio host, ESPN analyst/personality) commented on Twitter that the D-League might be in Selby’s future.
Nick Collison (Oklahoma City Thunder) scored six points with six rebounds (four on the offensive end) in 19 minutes as the Thunder defeated the Boston Celtics, 97-88, on Monday. Collison also had five fouls and two turnovers (full stats here).
Cole Aldrich (Oklahoma City Thunder) did not play (coach’s decision) on Monday against the Boston Celtics.
Drew Gooden (Milwaukee Bucks) played just four minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday as starting center Andrew Bogut returned from concussion-like symptoms and played 41 minutes. Gooden had two points, two rebounds and one charge (turnover, foul) as he spelled Bogut in the second quarter (full stats here).
Reeeaaaally pixelated highlights of the game below (Morningstar at :12 , :35, :56)
6 p.m., Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers
6:30 p.m., NBATV, Mario Chalmers and the Miami Heat vs. the San Antonio Spurs
7 p.m., Markieff Morris and the Phoenix Suns vs. the Chicago Bulls
7 p.m., Drew Gooden and the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the Denver Nuggets
6 p.m., Nick Collison, Cole Aldrich and the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Washington Wizards
6:30 p.m., Paul PIerce and the Boston Celtics vs. the Toronto Raptors
6:30 p.m., Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors vs. the New Jersey Nets
6:30 p.m., Markieff Morris and the Phoenix Suns vs. the New York Knicks
7 p.m., Josh Selby and the Memphis Grizzlies vs. the New Orleans Hornets