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Posted by paul on December 25, 2011 at 3:00 PM

That was a very encouraging first game for the Cs and for Rondo.   The Knicks were on fire and obviously BADLY wanted this win.  You could tell that from the way they acted after the game too - like they had just won the NBA title.   The Celtics started out unsure and disorganized, which is to be expected from a team that has been through so many changes.  But they adjusted, came on, and really should have won.  


Carmelo was killer in the 4th, as was to be expected, and nobody rose to the occasion for the Cs in the same way.    Rondo was sublime all game long - there's no other word for it.  Commentators often speak of a player being "all over the place;"   it's really true about Rondo, when he is on fire.  But even though he is surrounded by great players and great shooters, he has to realize that, ultimately,  everyone is looking to him to step up in the fourth quarter.  I said during the game that he needed to score 40 for us to win.   I think that was really true.  Rondo is our best player.  Everyone is going to look to him in the clutch.  That's just how it is when you are the best.  You may not even be the best shooter, but you are the best PLAYER.  I'm not saying that Rondo didn't play great in the 4th.  He certainly did.  But he should have taken more shots.  


Brandon Bass was tremendous.  He gave us the dirty force inside that we've been lacking.  He and Rondo are starting to feel each other.


For the Cs, the turning point seemed to be when Doc Rivers called a time out in the first half, when we were getting blown out, and - very emotionally - said that we were playing soft, and that we'd never win that way.  The team responded powerfully.  For the Knicks, the turning point came late in the 4th quarter, when they blocked the Celtics three times in the paint on one play.  No doubt they got some home cooking there, but it's hard for the Cs when their biggest inside  threat is  Rondo.   Jermaine is a warrior and he gave us all he had today, but we really need more power in the paint.  Who doesn't these days, right?


What a game.   

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9 Comments

Reply GeeZeeCeltics
3:28 PM on December 25, 2011 
Really encouraging signs. Pavlovic showed why he is Pavlovic, letting Melo loose. But with no Pierce and Pietrus on the way as well... I really think we still have a great shot at contention. Bigtime barometer Tuesday @ Miami. Hopefully, all of our players will be there and we can see what happens then. Then again, KG may get a suspension for what he did. Shame, really.
Reply paul
3:35 PM on December 25, 2011 
GeeZeeCeltics says...
Really encouraging signs. Pavlovic showed why he is Pavlovic, letting Melo loose. But with no Pierce and Pietrus on the way as well... I really think we still have a great shot at contention. Bigtime barometer Tuesday @ Miami. Hopefully, all of our players will be there and we can see what happens then. Then again, KG may get a suspension for what he did. Shame, really.


I didn't see what KG did, The Walker thing must have been personal. Rondo's got to shoot more in the 4th. I know his whole approach is to take what the D gives, and to get others involved, but part of being the best player is that you need to be the one who takes the hot rock in the clutch.

It was good to see the way Rondo and Garnett came to encourage Pavlovic when he got a foul called against Carmelo. This team has to play together to win.
Reply paul
3:41 PM on December 25, 2011 
Where we missed Pierce was more on defense than offense.
Reply GeeZeeCeltics
3:52 PM on December 25, 2011 
paul says...
Where we missed Pierce was more on defense than offense.


Absolutely. No one to check Melo.
Reply paul
3:58 PM on December 25, 2011 
GeeZeeCeltics says...
Absolutely. No one to check Melo.


And Carmelo getting the call everytime someone tried to play D on him...
Reply GeeZeeCeltics
4:02 PM on December 25, 2011 
paul says...
And Carmelo getting the call everytime someone tried to play D on him...


Especially that call on Quis which gave Carmelo the two winning free throws. Joey Crawford with the dagger.
Reply paul
4:11 PM on December 25, 2011 
GeeZeeCeltics says...
Especially that call on Quis which gave Carmelo the two winning free throws. Joey Crawford with the dagger.


Yeah, that was the WWF side of the NBA on display.
Reply Franklin
10:14 PM on December 25, 2011 
Despite the C's losing. It was a solid game. The Celtics looked dead in the first half,but they stormed back lead by Rondo,and with some help from Allen,and Bass. The Knicks got a WWF style call at the end. This game shouldn't of been decided at the line. Pierce was out,and the Celtics lost by two,and I think with Pietrus the Celtics could have won this game.
Reply paul
10:43 PM on December 25, 2011 
Franklin says...
Despite the C's losing. It was a solid game. The Celtics looked dead in the first half,but they stormed back lead by Rondo,and with some help from Allen,and Bass. The Knicks got a WWF style call at the end. This game shouldn't of been decided at the line. Pierce was out,and the Celtics lost by two,and I think with Pietrus the Celtics could have won this game.


It really came down to the Knicks wanting it more, though. The Celtics had two good look on the last play. And the shot before that by Allen was reediku-lousy. I think it will take some time for this team to gel, but there's a real chance that it will. The thing is, Rondo needs to take responsibility for scoring down the stretch. I would urge him to check out the Bulls game. Rose didn't leave it up to someone else on the team. It's not time to defer anymore, Rondo.