Boston Smashes Orlando 96-84 in ECF Game 6 and Advances to the NBA Finals: Paul Pierce Was Big But Nate Robinson Was Huge!
Paul Pierce was the star but Nate Robinson’s boost in the 2nd quarter were huge
You know he had to be stewing over there on the bench wondering…wondering when his name was gonna be called so he could truly endear himself to the Boston faithful. Nate Robinson hasn’t been a post season participant since Lorenzo Romar was his coach at Washington. Speaking to him a few times when he was in New York, there was always an air of magnificent confidence but one could also see the player and the prankster he’s been and always wanted to be. Last night he got his shot…
Lil Nate had 13 points in 13 minutes…all in a pivotal second quarter. Robinson was in relief of Rajon Rondo…who injured his lower abdomen on a hard fall under the basket…and ignited a TD Bank North Garden crowd in ways that most likely left the Orlando Magic sick. The game was over when he hit his first three in front of Jameer Nelson. Nelson had just 11 points and Robinson seemed to out quick a player who is quick himself.
Paul Pierce set the pace. His 31 points, 13 rebounds and 5 dimes prove he is a big game player and should be recognized as such. With Rondo going out and Garnett not looking what you would call spry, The Truth became the difference.
Ray Allen had 20 himself and he and Pierce knew all it took was some home cooking in a big spot to get the Magic on outta here.
The aforementioned Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 6 assists in a little over 35 minutes.
The Celtics shot 42% from the field (32-75), 81% from the line (22-27) and 45% from beyond the arc (10-22).
For Orlando, Dwight Howard carries no blame. The big fella had 28 points, 12 boards and only 2 turnovers. Vince Carter had a decent game with 17 points and 7 rebounds, but he should expect a lot more out of himself in the biggest moment of his career since the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals (co-holds three point make NBA playoff record with 9 including 8 straight) against Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76’ers. Jameer Nelson was outplayed by Rondo and then by the change of pace quickness and fire of Robinson. Rashard Lewis had just 7 points and 8 rebounds. We’ll never know how sick he was during the series after a reported viral infection seemed to slow his production. He never quite found his shot.
Orlando shot 31-72 for 41% from the field, a mere 59% (16-27) from the line and a horrible 27% from the arc (6-22).
They are left with questions about where to go in the off season. I do obviously feel Carter’s lack of production helped to do the Magic in, but he should not exclusively shoulder the blame. Lewis didn’t step up for whatever reason and Dwight seemed to turn it on too late and only when the media glare shined brightest. Where they go, I don’t know, but there must be soul searching in the world of Disney.
Boston moves on to the NBA Finals against either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Phoenix Suns Thursday night at a site yet to be determined.
|R. Anderson||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|A. Johnson||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|A. Foyle||DNP — INACTIVE|
|M. Finley||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|B. Scalabrine||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|S. Williams||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|M. Daniels||DNP — INACTIVE|
|T. Gaffney||DNP — INACTIVE|
|O. Lafayette||DNP — INACTIVE|
Time of Game: 2:40