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Celtics Ride Rondo, Garnett, Rollercoaster Over Bucks, 102-96

Posted by paul on February 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Rondo seems to have decided that the best way he can react to the barrage of trade rumors hitting him every day now is to play some crazy good basketball.  He turned in a triple double tonight, and it wasn't a cheapie.  For much of the first half, he had to carry the team on his back.  Even so the Celtics were four points down at halftime, and after a shambolic start to the second half, it looked like we just might be on our way to another humiliating loss.  But Rondo connected with Pierce for a score, and that seemed to open the floodgates.  I saw that as symbolic, of course.   The Celtics defense also clamped down on Milwaukee, holding them to 13 points in the third quarter, and the Celtics offense came alive.  We didn't have a lot of assists in the first half, but we ended up with 26 for the game, which isn't bad.


Incredibly, WE OUTREBOUNDED MILWAUKEE tonight!  My goodness, when was the last time we did that to a team?   We even had more offensive rebounds!   That may be the first time this season!  Probably not, but it feels like it must have been the first time.   Milwaukee's Bigs absolutely hammered us in the paint, in terms of scoring.  Center Gooden had 23 points and PF Ilyasova had 25, but Wilcox, Rondo, Garnett, Bass and Pierce all hit the boards with determination tonight.  Also, we had 14 turnovers to their 12, which is good for us.   And we attacked the basket.  We had 28 FT to their 16 FT.


We came out of the gate hard in the first half, then we seemed to lose energy.  At that point, Rondo carried us through to the half.  Then, in the second half, we came out and played like a team.  We almost gave the game up at the end, surrendering steals and threes (Rondo had possibly the worst ten seconds of his career, surrendering two threes to Jennings and a steal) and for about a minute and a half, the Bucks ruled the boards on us like other teams have been doing.  What this demonstrates to me is that we are, as I have been saying, an ENERGY team.  What makes that so tough is that, if you slacken, the other team can take off on you.  The Bucks did that and ALMOST stole the game tonight.  Garnett made big plays down the stretch, again, to seal the W.


Garnett.  He's been having a streak of games like the one Pierce had earlier in the season.  25 points tonight, ten rebounds and three assists.  He was huge for us.  He plays with both the first and second units, and I think that makes him a unifying influence.  He syncs well with both Rondo and Bradley too.


Speaking of Pierce, he gutted out a nice game tonight, despite seemingly still being in  a funk.  The start to the second half was very weird for Pierce.  The Celtics apparently decided to give Pierce ten straight shots, or so, to shoot himself out of  his slump.  He missed almost all of them.  If our defense hadn't been ferocious right then, we would have lost the game right there.  But having the ball in his hands, and having a chance to work out the kinks on the court did seem to energize Pierce, and he seemed to play better afterwards, handing out assists, and making a few shots.  One has to point out, however, what a double standard there is on the Celtics, regarding Pierce.  I mean, this team REALLY coddles Pierce.   It was obvious that they pretty much just said to him, 'go ahead and shoot yourself out of your funk, Paul'.   I'm fine with that, really.  It's just the double standard that is bothersome.  If Rondo ever got that kind of coddling, people would be absolutely screaming about it.  Anyway, I thought Pierce had a nice game.  He continued to struggle with his shot, but he did other things.  


Speaking of Rondo, what a game.  I know it's just one game, but I do feel  a little vindicated tonight.  Many of us have been chanting that the Celtics have to attack the basket.  They did tonight, and that led to good things.  Unfortunately, the officials clearly are planning to get revenge on Rondo for a while now, it seems.  Almost no fouls were called for him, despite his MULTIPLE sorties into the paint.  I have to ask, WILL THE CELTICS COMPLAIN TO THE LEAGUE ABOUT THIS?  Or are they just going to allow Rondo to be mistreated by the officials?


Crap, I already know the answer to that question.


I've also said that Rondo needed to attack the basket early, in order to set up the rest of your game.  A team really must establish its key scorer, and Rondo IS our key scorer.  That's how it worked tonight.  In the first half, it was mostly points for Rondo.  In the second half, it was mostly rebounds and assists.



Also, Doc gave Rondo more rest and he seemed to respond by playing with more energy.  He also held Jennings to 6 points (would have been 0 without the last minute three pointers) though jennings did have 8 assists.  What a nice way to assert your self in the face of the rumors, Rondo!  Please keep it up, man!



And how nice it was to see the team come together in the third quarter.  That spirit will turn this season around, if we can hold onto it.

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13 Comments

Reply paul
10:37 PM on February 29, 2012 
Heck, I just might start writing about synergy again!
Reply Franklin
10:48 PM on February 29, 2012 
LOl! Yeah Paul! A lot of good things tonight. I just feel a miss with Pierce, like he's the real reason for the synergy issue. Rondo has played solid all season despite with others think. He's adding to his legacy with triple doubles. I tell u what Rondo will have the most all-time triple-doubles at his height.
Reply Celticslifer
10:54 PM on February 29, 2012 
This team is a piece away from keeping this thing together for a long run. U add Beasley with Rondo,and I feel real good about that.
Reply paul
10:57 PM on February 29, 2012 
Franklin says...
LOl! Yeah Paul! A lot of good things tonight. I just feel a miss with Pierce, like he's the real reason for the synergy issue. Rondo has played solid all season despite with others think. He's adding to his legacy with triple doubles. I tell u what Rondo will have the most all-time triple-doubles at his height.


I read that Rondo has three of nine triple doubles in the league this season.

And I love it that he put the clamps on Jennings, though Jennings had a good number of assists (all of them in the first half though). Of course the folks at Celtics Blog are complaining about the two threes Rondo gave up to Jennings at the end. No one thought to mention that they were Jennings first points of the game...

Nice quote from Rondo tonight that I saw on Twitter:

Rondo: "We did a better job executing tonight. We executed and we scored. I tried to focus defensively and the offense just came to me."

Except for that crap about 'executing' he always mouths, because he knows Doc wants to see it. I mean executing is important, but i think they were FEELING like a team for a while tonight, and it felt good, didn't it?!!
Reply paul
11:00 PM on February 29, 2012 
Celticslifer says...
This team is a piece away from keeping this thing together for a long run. U add Beasley with Rondo,and I feel real good about that.



What makes me like the idea more is seeing the way Wilcox has responded to having a real opportunity to revive his career. He really seems to be committed to it. I wonder if Beasley would feel that way too. It's got to be encouraging to play with someone that you know really wants to get the ball to you.
Reply celts
1:13 AM on March 1, 2012 
Theres reasons to believe the rumors about rondo and theres reasons to not believe the rumors, because if they are really thinking of adding beasley then i don't get why we'd trade rondo plus every other person has a different opinion on whats going on, some people are saying allen and some are saying pierce, rondo gets the most attention because hes a young all star and the other 2 are on the downside so it wouldnt be as major of move as that. Until anything happens i don't buy any of these rumors.
Reply paul
1:31 AM on March 1, 2012 
celts says...
Theres reasons to believe the rumors about rondo and theres reasons to not believe the rumors, because if they are really thinking of adding beasley then i don't get why we'd trade rondo plus every other person has a different opinion on whats going on, some people are saying allen and some are saying pierce, rondo gets the most attention because hes a young all star and the other 2 are on the downside so it wouldnt be as major of move as that. Until anything happens i don't buy any of these rumors.


Yeah, I think that if they add Beasely, that makes it seem more likely that Rondo may be staying.
Reply Greg
3:01 AM on March 1, 2012 
Sure...Lets trade the best player on the team smart move....The only reason why he clashes with the coach is because he does not get the PROPS he deserves from Doc! Bogus crap!
Reply celts
3:21 AM on March 1, 2012 
Greg says...
Sure...Lets trade the best player on the team smart move....The only reason why he clashes with the coach is because he does not get the PROPS he deserves from Doc! Bogus crap!

I really don't think they clash its just a story incase they trade him so people wont feel sad or angry.
Reply paul
8:36 AM on March 1, 2012 
Greg says...
Sure...Lets trade the best player on the team smart move....The only reason why he clashes with the coach is because he does not get the PROPS he deserves from Doc! Bogus crap!


Also, he has his own mind, which is what one wants!
Reply paul
8:37 AM on March 1, 2012 
celts says...
I really don't think they clash its just a story incase they trade him so people wont feel sad or angry.


I think that's exactly the reason for a lot of the demonization.
Reply jlil89
9:59 AM on March 1, 2012 
Thata boy Rondo. Supreme performance last night. Done like a true Celtic. 1/3 of this seasons triple doubles, I'll take it. Make em' think twice before hitting the trade button.
Reply paul
10:43 AM on March 1, 2012 
jlil89 says...
Thata boy Rondo. Supreme performance last night. Done like a true Celtic. 1/3 of this seasons triple doubles, I'll take it. Make em' think twice before hitting the trade button.


And what's scary is that it almost seems easy sometimes for Rondo.