Archive for May 6th, 2012
I think the word we are looking for is phenomenal. Rajon Rondo, the Boston Celtics point guard came back from a one-game suspension from bumping a referee in game one of the series to lead the Boston Celtics to a decisive win at home. Sure enough the Celtics had to go into overtime when Paul Pierce missed the last shot in regulation time that could had given them the win. Then again, Rondo seemed to have had it all under control. With 17 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists, Rajon Rondo finished the night with his 7th Playoffs triple-double, showing that when he’s got the marquee game, he can be as dangerous as any other player in the league. The Atlanta Hawks really had no answer for his aggressive style, and once he got things running in the third quarter, there was no stopping him. “You have to pick your poison,” said the Atlanta Hawks small forward Tracy McGrady about Rondo. “When he’s doing things like that, you don’t know what to do.”
The series is starting to roll out positively for the Celtics. Rondo and the Celtics Big Three brought on their A-game to the Boston Garden and were the key ingredients for a 90-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks to go ahead in the series 2-1. But it wasn’t a brilliant ride from the start for Rondo. As a matter of fact, the Celtics point guard didn’t have a basket in the first half. He was certainly struggling offensively and head coach Doc Rivers had to find a way to get him going, to freed him up. In the halftime break he ordered Rondo to be more aggressive, and things just took off. Sure enough he didn’t score in the first half but Rondo made the first two baskets of overtime, including a post-up hook shot over Jeff Teague. Suddenly the Boston Celtics were ahead in the scoreboard and never looked back.
Ray Allen returned to the Celtics starting lineup after missing almost a month with painful bone spurs in his right ankle, but the veteran proved there wasn’t too much rust build on him and he finished with 13 points. Kevin Garnett put on the pressure on the offensive end as he was going to close the night with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Paul Pierce had 21 points. Not a bad performance coming from a guy that had just scored 36 points with 14 rebounds to help the Celtics take home-court advantage with a Game 2 victory in Atlanta.
Things for the Hawks are starting to look very uphill. The injuries are really hurting this squad. For starters, this squad had to go into the posteason knowing that Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia were already out. To make things even more complicated, forward Josh Smith was scratched with a sprained tendon in his left knee. That left a little too much of a load for point guard Jeff Teague. Sure enough he finished the game with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists, but that was just not enough to give them a win at the Boston Garden.