Nov 17, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers talks with shooting guard Leandro Barbosa (12) during a break in the action against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at the TD Garden. The Celtics defeated the Raptors 107-89. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Boston Celtics Leandro Barbosa: “I Just Play the Game”

“I just play the game; go with the flow.  I try to bring a lot of energy and get sets for the other guys – Paul (Pierce) and (Kevin) Garnett. What we want to do is just win, and we’re on a roll with three (in a row). That’s what we want to keep doing.  For me it’s much easier and I feel a lot more comfortable playing that way,” he said. “But I’m getting comfortable too with the plays. The coaches have been working with me, and I’m almost there.” – Leandro Barbosa

Leandro Barbosa has been a perfect fit so far for the Celtics.  He’s provided 7.1 points per game in 14.6 minutes per night while posting a PER of 16.4, which rans behind only Kevin Garnett (18.6), Paul Pierce (20.5) and Rajon Rondo (20.7).  He’s been good for some threes, to a clip of 37.5 percent, and has an adjusted field goal percentage of 54 percent.

Barbosa is what the C’s needed to replace Keyon Dooling.  He’s done just that.  He’s getting nearly as many steals as Dooling did, and scoring at a much higher rate per-minute.  He came at a bargain, an Ainge struck gold again.  It might seem like a bit much of praise to laud on someone averaging single digit scoring, but AInge only had to replace Dooling’s production, and he did so at the min salary.  That’s just good business.

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