Pierce got outplayed by John Salmons and this isn't the first time. Garnett got outplayed by by someone I had never heard of. Jason Collins got completely obliterated by Cousins' triple double, which might put the kibosh on all the trade talk. Rondo got his head handed to him by Isaiah Thomas, which might have been acceptable in 1988, but not on the cusp of 2013. The only starter to win his matchup was Terry against Marcus Thornton, who only seems to show up for every other game and this was his off night. Courtney Lee plays hard defense, but the rest of his game apparently didn't board the flight from Houston. I want to be hopeful for Jeff Green. My heart says he has the tools and just needs to put it all together, but my brain tells me that he's 26 and Sully makes him look like a rookie in comparison. Speaking of Jared Sullinger, his emergence seems to have have had an adverse effect on Brandon Bass. Bass' playing time has dipped and his numbers are down across the board, with the most notable being his shooting percentage. Sully, on the other hand just keeps making his case for more playing time. He rebounds the ball hard and uses his body like a veteren. He is crafty around the basket and is deadly out to about 18 feet. He is picking up the defensive rotations quick enough to stay out of Doc's doghouse and once he gains enough respect from the officials to stop calling Kendrick Perkins touch fouls, his defense will improve. More and more I am liking what I'm seeing from this kid and he needs more plays run for him. That 17 footer behind the free throw line is automatic and at the moment no one is coming out to guard him. Give the kid 30 minutes a game, run a few plays designed just to get him open for that shot and make the other guy come out and play him. This will also open him up for more of those cuts in the lane for easy buckets. I'm just imagining 2 years from now a chisled, 250lb, Karl Maloneish Sully. Even if we do pull out of this nose dive and make some noise in the playoffs, the window is closing on the Pierce/Garnett era. I can't see Danny going quietly.