|Posted by paul on March 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM|
Rondo Haters will be in full cry tonight. Halfway through the third quarter, the Cs seemed to have the game in hand against the Rockets, and Rondo was flirting with another triple double. Then Rondo disappeared, except for repeatedly coughing the ball up against pressure defense, while Lowry seemed to take the game over, and the Rockets stormed back to take a seemingly insurmountable lead of ten points, with just minutes to go in the game. Suddenly, Ray Allen, who had been quiet eariler lit up, making key baskets and steals. Then Pierce, who had been running hot and cold joined him. Together they forced overtime, and then won it in overtime.
My guess is that Rondo got frustrated with himself, because his shots weren't falling, and because the refs seemed once again to have swallowed their whistles when he attacked that paint, and he allowed himself to lose his focus. That's certainly disappointing. But what Rondo haters might overlook all too easily is that Rondo still managed 12 assists, and that Kyle Lowry's 18 points came on 4-17 shooting, and many trips to the foul line. They might also fail to notice that the real story of the game was that the Celtics were absolutely CRUSHED on the glass, 57-38, and on the offensive glass, 14-4. In particular, Wilcox and Bass had disappointing games.
It's quite amazing to me that we managed to win a game where we were outrebounded 57-38. Credit it to tough defense, and amazing clutch play by Pierce and Allen. Pierce had 30