|Posted by shawn cassidy on May 7, 2012 at 5:30 AM|
I fall asleep after a while. Then the normal routine happens. My everyday nightmare returns. The Celtics shoot, and shoot, but nothing goes in. Rondo is setting them up, but nothing goes in. This is a real dream that I have. Nothing worse than a Celtics shooting slump.
When I awaken I don't remember exactly what I dreamed of, but I remember demons, lurking in the shadows behind the back board. I awaken in my bed, breathless, and I inhale deeply. I remember the other breathless awakening nights, but after Sunday's game I could fall asleep much easier.
“We were all locked in. Sometimes individually we get a little dysfunctional at times, but (last night) everybody was very communicative,” Garnett said. “Guys were giving tips. I don’t like to bring up the past, but these were some of the things we’ve done in the past. There was a lot of dialogue (yesterday). You could tell in the layup lines how guys were focused in. We could feel it. And we carried that onto the court. That was big.”
Sunday we actually saw potential from this team on the offensive end. Rondo was completely engaged in the entire game.
“Our defensive energy is what really got us going,” Rivers said. “I think they had eight turnovers, maybe 10 in the first quarter. We had over 24 deflections at halftime. If we have that number for the game, we’d be very happy. So I thought that got it started.
“I thought we ran (last night), you know? We talked about walking the ball — we’ve got to stop walking the ball up. I thought everybody, not just Rondo, responded to that. I thought the bigs, like Kevin, ran the floor, and gave us space. It was just a nice way of playing.”
Everything starts with Rondo, and the same goes for the defensive approach of the game. Everything is fueled by the Celtics defense, and it always will be.