Rondo goes Magic and Isiah but Celtics fall in OT to Heat 115-111

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RONDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Rajon Rondo. All 53 minutes, 44 points on 16-24 from the field, 10-12 from the stripe, 2-2 from the arc, 8 boards, 10 dimes and 3 steals.

Damn. From the point guard position, the only two names who have approached those numbers, before Oscar of course, (regular season contest and just 4011 saw Wilt and Oscar go at it) go by one name…Magic and Isiah. Y’all let Steve Nash rob the league of two MVP trophies and Rajon Rondo makes history in almost every playoff game (he ain’t no slouch in the regular season as well) and barely gets a post season award mention? Whatever you’re smoking voters, don’t pass it because I don’t want any of that trash. Don’t give me the bs excuse that he can’t shoot either. He’s a point guard who guarded LeBron on game winning attempt. One of the best leaders the game has ever seen and definitely on a thunderous collision course for the Hall of Fame whether you write it or not. The messed up part is Rondo’s magnificent performance came in a loss. A hard fought loss. As usual, LeBron James (he called for the ball and did it with confidence on last shot) and Dwyane Wade were just too much and Boston took an L, 115-111. Miami leads the Eastern Conference Finals 2-0.

LeBron was just 7-20 from the field but hit 18-24 free throws, pulled 10 boards and dished 7 assists. Dwyane Wade had 23 and a couple of spectacular baskets. Mario Chalmers was big with 3 threes and had 22. Udonis Haslem was his usual playoff self and muscled 13 and 11 rebounds. Shane Battier hit all three of his attempts from the arc and had 9.

Paul Pierce had 21 and 6 for Boston. He was 8-19 from the field and missed all five of his three point attempts. Ray Allen was 5-13 for 11 and still battling burn spurs in both ankles. Black Pharaoh (KG) shot 6-18 and had 18 and 8. Garnett hit all 6 of his free throw attempts. This was a game where the Celtics showed their spirit. Boston has to get more than 3 field goals from its bench. That’s not going to get it, so was this epic game their best shot? It was great to watch because so much star power was on display and with many fans across the hoops world wanting the Heat to go down in hellacious flames, it just was not meant to be. Awwwwww. lol

The Heat never looked phased after Boston shot out fast. At halftime it was 53-46. In the third Miami scored 35 to Boston’s 22 before Boston stormed back in the fourth and outscored Miami 24-18. After Ray Allen hit a clutch three (not long after Paul Pierce fouled out defending a Wade drive) to tie it at 99, LeBron missed a long jumper and the game headed into overtime. In OT, Rondo had all 12 Celtics points, but the Heat put up 16. Miami is 6-0 in OT playoff affairs. Game 3 in Boston Friday.

 

Boston
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
P. Pierce F 43:24 8-19 5-6 0-5 -3 1 6 3 1 0 3 6 21
B. Bass F 29:21 2-4 4-4 0-0 -15 3 10 1 1 0 0 1 8
K. Garnett C 45:18 6-18 6-6 0-1 -6 2 8 0 0 0 1 4 18
R. Rondo G 53:00 16-24 10-12 2-2 -4 0 8 10 0 3 3 3 44
R. Allen G 43:21 5-11 1-1 2-5 -2 1 5 0 0 2 0 2 13
M. Pietrus 28:12 1-3 0-0 1-3 -5 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 3
K. Dooling 14:49 1-1 0-0 0-0 +4 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 2
G. Stiemsma 5:16 1-1 0-0 0-0 +2 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 2
M. Daniels 0:18 0-0 0-0 0-0 +3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
R. Hollins 1:25 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
E. Moore 0:18 0-0 0-0 0-0 +3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Pavlovic 0:18 0-0 0-0 0-0 +3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Williams  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
A. Bradley  DNP — INACTIVE
J. Johnson  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 265 40-81
(.494)
26-29
(.897)
5-16
(.313)
- 8 42 15 2 5 8 33 111
Miami
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
L. James F 47:39 7-20 18-24 2-6 +10 4 10 7 1 1 1 2 34
S. Battier F 46:19 3-9 0-0 3-8 +12 0 3 1 0 1 1 2 9
R. Turiaf C 4:51 1-1 0-0 0-0 +1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 2
M. Chalmers G 45:18 8-16 3-7 3-6 -1 1 4 6 0 2 3 3 22
D. Wade G 43:56 8-15 7-11 0-0 +11 1 6 4 2 1 2 2 23
U. Haslem 29:34 6-12 1-3 0-0 +8 4 11 3 1 2 0 3 13
J. Anthony 18:35 0-1 2-2 0-0 -5 2 3 1 0 0 0 4 2
M. Miller 14:22 3-7 0-0 1-4 -12 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 7
J. Jones 12:44 1-2 0-0 1-2 -4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3
N. Cole 1:42 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Pittman  DNP — NBA SUSPENSION
T. Harris  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
J. Howard  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
C. Bosh  DNP — INACTIVE
E. Curry  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 265 37-83
(.446)
31-47
(.660)
10-26
(.385)
- 13 42 24 5 7 8 18 115

 

Officials: Tom Washington, Ken Mauer, James Capers
Attendance: 19,973
Time of Game: 3:05
Technicals
Boston
- K. Garnett (10:03 – 4th Qtr)
Miami
- M. Chalmers (8:07 – 2nd Qtr)

“He doesn’t have to score a point and he’s still a Hall of Fame player.”

6 Responses to “Rondo goes Magic and Isiah but Celtics fall in OT to Heat 115-111”

  1. Temple3 says:

    Rondo = LEGENDARY!

  2. sankofa says:

    I think that this has to be Rondo’s coming out party. If people were sleeping on him, they need to stop now. Yesterday, Origin talked about how people complain about Miami fouling people and not getting the call, or getting too many favourable calls. He and intelligent people point to the amount of hacking that Lebron James get’s that are never called.

    I mentioned this because across Celtic Nation and in the minds of everybody who hates the Heat the talk is about the non-call on Wade hitting Rondo in the face. Yet no body talks about that bogus jump ball between Rondo and James, where replays show him grabbing James by the bicep and pulling him to the ground. The fans I accept as being a bunch of bitches…but when did NBA players become the same? By the way the other 31 teams carry on, it’s as if the Miami Heat players, slept with their girl friends, stole their lunch money or spit in their sodas.

    Doc should be ashamed of himself for allowing his players to act like such whinny bunch. I thought he was old school. Still, this was a great game and very enjoyable.

  3. CAvard says:

    A-to-the-men, Mike.

    If only we still had Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, and even Tony Allen back we wouldn’t have to rely on the likes of MP3, Steimsma, Dooling, etc. Sigh ….

    You never know. Doc will get them to dig deeper. Keep in mind the C’s eliminated two very young and very fast teams: Atlanta and Philly. This will be much much tougher. But why not us?

    I know you’re thinking that’s “baseless optimism” but who cares. It’s all I can go on right now.

    Great job!

  4. CAvard says:

    Sankofa et al … keep in mind Danny Ainge was about to trade Rondo this season too.

  5. TheLastPoet says:

    I’m torn this series because as much as I would love to see Miami win the chip and silence all the racism and hatred, I’m also a big, big fan of Black Pharaoh, Truth, Walter Ray, Doc, and whatever nickname we come with for Rondo (notice I didn’t say I’m a fan of “the Celtics” lol I grew up in the 80s, I’m not an idiot lol!). In fact, I like those players much much more than I have ever liked Lebron or DWade. The latter two players I’ve never liked much at all, as many around here know. But I’m willing to set aside my whatever issues I have with Lebron and focus on what a Miami Heat victory would mean for the greater good of kneegrowed professional athletes lol.

    But the Heat would win this series anyway, and it isn’t because of the lousy officiating, including unearned technicals in game 1, and one particularly egregious missed call in game 2. No, although the Kelts may win one or both games at home this weekend, they will eventually lose the series because, while they can play splendid team defense for the duration of the shot clock, with KG playing center fielder or strong safety or pick-your-analogy, and force their opponent into bad shots, they cannot collect the defensive board!!! That was what cost them game 2, and that is what will cost them the series (that plus their bench, which is non-existent), despite excellent coaching and motivation from Doc (do you see how this team executes coming out of time outs? Doc is underappreciated, for sure. If his name was Spoelstra or Vogel, whitefolk would’ve canonized him by now), plus brilliant, rejuvenated play from the Big 4.

    Remember when the shot went up and, if it came off the rim, KG would gobble up the rebound, beckoning the orange with one of those skinny black arms stretched forth unto god? That was the KG of lore, Minnesota KG, the Great Lakes Twin Cities Pharoah. We haven’t seen that KG since ’08, and despite this rejuvenation, we still haven’t seen THAT cat. How many play saving, shot clock restarting offensive boards did Lebron and the other unmentionables on Miami’s frontline snare away from KG and the Kelts after the latter had played 20 seconds worth of stellar D?

    Damn the refs, and so much for Rondo’s historic night. That’s your series right there, folks.

  6. sankofa says:

    @CAvard…Ainge was/is/and will always be a tool. if there was one cat that latched on to the coat tail of better players and turned into a cushy profession it is him.

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