Tag: LeBron James in Playoffs
No one said that sports were fair. Sports are not about fairness, about deserving something or not. At the end of the day, it all adds up to winning or losing and even if we hold a soft spot for the underdog or if we think someone deserved to win or not. But let’s be absolutely clear about this one: The Boston Celtics deserved a win in game two against LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat. Make no mistake about it, Rajon Rondo, the 26-year-old point guard had one of the best playoffs performances we have seen this season, and by far the best game of his career. Rondo put out a herculean effort into game 2, guiding the Celtics into a 15 point lead, and resisting the furious comeback of the Heat in the fourth quarter. Rondo scored and the Miami Heat will answer. That one time when he failed to deliver, the Heat went ahead in overtime and took the game115-111.
So it’s a very rough lost for the Celtics, because at the end of the night they knew that they had failed Rondo’s effort. To score 44 points, record 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 3 steals in a playoffs game against the Miami Heat is an amazing achievement. Not only was he a solid passer and distributor, he was the core and soul of the Celtics. Even the Miami Heat’s head coach Erik Spoelstra recognized that once he gets in the zone he is a very difficult target to hold down for his defender. The bottom line here is that for a moment there, Rondo became the NBA’s worst nightmare: that is, a Rajon Rondo with a solid jump shot. Just consider for a moment that Rondo made 11-of-13 jumpers during his masterful Game 2 performance. Take into account that for any shooter on the planet this would be one heck of a night. For Rondo, on the other hand, this was a watching the Haley Comet twice in a lifetime rare. For instance, during the regular season, Rajon Rondo shot 28 percent on shots 10-15 feet from the basket and 39 percent on shots from 16-23 feet.
Still, it is going to be really hard to come back from a 2-0 deficit, even if they manage to win the next two games at home, things are only going to get harder. As a matter of fact, no Celtics team has been able to get back from a 2-0 deficit in a 7-game series since 1969. “Listen, we played terrific,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said in the postgame press conference. “I told them, we played extremely hard. I thought we played with great heart tonight, but I didn’t think we played smart all the time. And there’s things we can absolutely fix, and we’ll do that. We’ll be ready for Friday.” They could start by giving out less fouls. The Celtics gave out 33 fouls against the Miami Heat’s 18.
The numbers looked right. The outcome didn’t. Paul Pierce scored 21 points, Kevin Garnett added 18 and Ray Allen 13 for Boston. Rondo finished 16-of-24 from the floor and 10-of-12 from the foul line, and made both his 3-point tries. If the fantastic four manages to get a little more help from the bench and play smarter, they might just manage to beat the Heat this season.