|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM|
Sometimes I think too much. Laughing to myself at halftime, and thinking, and searching about the meaning behind this game. On a one way trip down memory lane. All I can think of is the past five seasons, and the meaning was there. This was a custom game built for the Celtics. A playoff type game. Full of hard fouls, bad calls, and issues with foul trouble (Pierce). Varying only in direction. Eventually anticipating the stop. Yesterday's memories was a drift for this team. We got another taste of the Celtics pushing the gas pedal hard, and taking it off thinking their ahead of schedule so they can kick back, and go 65 on the highway. The Celtics were up 15 points under three minutes to go in the game, but they played the score, and they lost urgency. The Hawks got within 4 points doewn 75-71 in the final, and the Hawks could have came within 1 if Joe Johnson hit the three under 40 seconds to go.
Rondo had a weird night overall. He was amazing, and wildly smart. Then it looked like he was drowning inside his own mind. It seemed like the Celtics were throwing the game into an unending, unyielding abyss. The entire team shot poorly 39.2% from the field. Ray Allen on the other hand was 5/9, and with Rondo in the 4th sparked the Celtics surge. Ray hit two big three's in the 4th, and once Pierce went out with foul trouble when the Celtics held a 60-58 lead. Rondo went to work leading the Celtics on a big run. They took a 73-58 lead. The Hawks charged back, and they came within striking distance, but the Celtics held on 79-76 to win.
The Celtics hung in their on the glass with the Hawks, only out rebounded by 5. Nobody had a great game for the Celtics, but the team defense was strong, and they won a playoff type game. The refs were bad for both sides tonight, and that spelled disaster for the Celtics. I'll take this win, but nothing was learned from this game.