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Pierce, Allen Lift Celtics Over Rockets in OT, 97-92

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


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11 Comments

Reply jlil89
10:45 PM on March 6, 2012 
I felt soooo bad for Rondo on that missed layup to seal the game in the 4th
Reply paul
10:50 PM on March 6, 2012 
jlil89 says...
I felt soooo bad for Rondo on that missed layup to seal the game in the 4th


Celtics blog made a HUGE point of underlining that one, as if it was the only screwup by anyone all night.

I hope Rondo storms back tomorrow. If he figures out what's going on with his layups it would be great!
Reply celts
10:50 PM on March 6, 2012 
I don't think he played awful he just had the worst time to lose control of the ball what i loved was pierce at the end of the game with an arm over him making him laugh shows me there starting to click. Ray allen and pierce way to carry us.
Reply paul
10:51 PM on March 6, 2012 
I just am AMAZED that they won a game where they got outrebounded by 20, just plain trashed, shredded, crushed on the glass
Reply paul
10:54 PM on March 6, 2012 
celts says...
I don't think he played awful he just had the worst time to lose control of the ball what i loved was pierce at the end of the game with an arm over him making him laugh shows me there starting to click. Ray allen and pierce way to carry us.


That is so good to hear about, Celts. Yes, that is the way a championship team behaves, and to win a game like this tonight is something champions do, I think.
Reply jlil89
11:18 PM on March 6, 2012 
Rondo will be okay. With Pierce and the team rightfully at his side now, he will be just fine.
Reply paul
11:25 PM on March 6, 2012 
jlil89 says...
Rondo will be okay. With Pierce and the team rightfully at his side now, he will be just fine.


I love it that Pierce encouraged Rondo after such a tough game.
Reply celts
11:49 PM on March 6, 2012 
paul says...
I love it that Pierce encouraged Rondo after such a tough game.

Yeah people are gonna see the missed layup but his defense in 4th quarter was amazing didnt really gamble but people will only see a blown wide open layup when stuff like that happens, important thing is though we got the win and were withing 1 game of philly never thot id be saying that.
Reply shawn cassidy
12:39 AM on March 7, 2012 
Pierce went to Rondo after the game,and was making him laugh. This team is alright. Rondo had a good game, and you know what. So what about that missed bunny, how many times have we seen all of our Celtic stars do that? KG missed a few free throws as well at the end of OT. I'm proud of Rondo tonight.
Reply paul
7:10 AM on March 7, 2012 
shawn cassidy says...
Pierce went to Rondo after the game,and was making him laugh. This team is alright. Rondo had a good game, and you know what. So what about that missed bunny, how many times have we seen all of our Celtic stars do that? KG missed a few free throws as well at the end of OT. I'm proud of Rondo tonight.


Well done, Paul Pierce! It reminds me of the first game of the season, when Sasha was getting torched by Carmelo, and both Rondo and Kg ran over to him and gave him a hug. Sasha has given us some big games. Not only was that action kind, but it was a good investment. I'll bet Rondo will come back strong tonight, thanks in part to getting that kind of support and encouragement from Pierce.
Reply paul
7:15 AM on March 7, 2012 
celts says...
Yeah people are gonna see the missed layup but his defense in 4th quarter was amazing didnt really gamble but people will only see a blown wide open layup when stuff like that happens, important thing is though we got the win and were withing 1 game of philly never thot id be saying that.


I can't quite believe it either! We are actually playing for the division lead tonight!