On November 7, the Celtics defeated the Bucks 101-89, aided in no small part by their bench. Overall, the bench contributed 44 points (on 17-27 shooting), 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and six steals. Individually, Tony Allen was 4-5, Eddie House was 5-7, Leon Powe was 3-4, and Glen Davis was 4-7.
The next game Tony Allen went off against Detroit, scoring 23 points by himself. Eddie House, Leon Powe, and Glen Davis also contributed.
How has the bench done over the last two games?
Last night they were 3-17 for 13 points and 6 rebounds, with negligible tallies in the other columns.
Against Toronto the bench was 4-10 for 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Last year Sam Cassell said the bench needs to contribute 20 points to be a difference maker.
This is an interesting observation.
Going back a bit further, you see in games five, four, and three that when the bench is scoring points they are doing other things, too: passing the ball, grabbing rebounds, getting steals.
Uneven contribution from the bench isn't a big surprise. It happens, in part due to uneven minutes. A problem arises, however, when low bench production is coupled with other problems, like the team shooting 11-44 from range over the last two games, and Rajon Rondo going 4-16 from the field.
This is why we've struggled.