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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.
|S. Williams||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|A. Bradley||DNP — INACTIVE|
|J. Johnson||DNP — INACTIVE|
|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|
Officials: Tom Washington, Ken Mauer, James Capers
Time of Game: 3:05
– K. Garnett (10:03 – 4th Qtr)
– M. Chalmers (8:07 – 2nd Qtr)
“He doesn’t have to score a point and he’s still a Hall of Fame player.”