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Rajon Rondo brilliantly patched together his latest triple-double, Paul Pierce played Lebron James to a draw, the Celtics killed Miami with a trillion and one backdoor cuts, and Kevin Garnett caused Chris Bosh into a performance which Miami’s third wheel described as such:“It was just a bad, ****** game.”The Celtics are supposed to wilt down the regular season’s closing stretch, yet it’s the boys in Green who are gelling as the season nears conclusion. It was the old Celtics who managed 15 fast-break points to Miami’s nine, who started a shooting guard born in the 1990s, who applied the clamps coming out of intermission while outscoring Miami 31-12 in the third quarter. It’s the Celtics who are 14-5 after the All-Star Break and looking quite a distance from their final breath.“They played exceptionally well — as good as they’ve played against us in a long time,” Dwyane Wade said.Rondo continues to be Boston’s biggest advantage against Miami (by a few thousand miles), and he showed again Sunday why the Heat should fear a healthy Rondo in the postseason. The paint was his destination, and Rondo found his way there almost whenever he wanted, breaking down Miami’s defense with buckets and dimes. Bradley cut back door for easy buckets like he always does, and his teammates — urged by Doc Rivers — followed suit.“Usually we leave [back door cutting] to Avery, because we want different space. Today, the way they defend, we talked about multiple cutters today. They’re so good defensively, one cutter is not good enough against them,” Rivers said.Brandon Bass quipped, “I saw what Avery was doing and how he was getting easy baskets and I said, ‘Well, let me join in.”Bradley limited Dwyane Wade. Garnett snuffed out Bosh. Pierce played James evenly. Bass snagged a double-double. Every player who came off the bench gave solid contributions — Stiemsma took a charge, earned two steals, blocked a shot and found his way inside for a few layups, Sasha Pavlovic finished a full-court alley oop and did a solid job on Lebron, and Keyon Dooling continued to put his early-season woes farther behind him.It was a team win, a professional win, just the way the Celtics have been thriving lately.“Guys just prepare themselves. Doc is a player-friendly coach, so we don’t have a lot of practice time. But even on days we don’t have practice, you’ll see a whole bunch of guys in there getting their work in,” Dooling noted. “If Marquis’ number was called tonight, from a cardio standpoint, he’d be ready to play because we approach this job with a sense of pride. We all take pride in it. We all have roles. Even when you’re not playing, you still have a role, and no role is more important than the next.”The win likely put the NBA on notice: the Celtics still have some life. Yet the Celtics were adamant that Sunday’s performance was not a statement; to them, it was a product of 15 players who are committed to the goal at hand, and have been growing into a cohesive unit since the All-Star break.The rest of the NBA might not have considered the Celtics dead, anyway, even before Boston’s latest win sent a resounding roar into the TD Garden air.As Shane Battier explained, “No one in this locker room counted the Celtics out. They are going to be there come April and May, they’re just too well coached and disciplined.”And for the first time in the past three seasons, the Celtics are surging as the playoffs draw near.
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The Celtics are just beginning the "daunting" part of their schedule, or as I like to call it, the "fun" part.
Rajon Rondo started off April with a bang. His 18th career triple double was only fooling Miami yesterday as he notched 16 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists with only 2 turnovers.
Rondo has just been on a tear since the All-star break, consistently...
While many may call me crazy for posting such an article, fresh off an electrifying triple double against the Miami Heat, I offer that the performance from Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo only further solidifies the argument I am about to make. Rajon Rondo is not a good teammate. So before you “X” out [...]
All Rajon Rondo has done lately is be perfect. Rondo did have a few blights on his resume in Friday's win over the Timberwolves. He committed two turnovers and hit only three of his 11 shots, if we're splitting hairs, but those flaws hardly registered during a 17-assist performance in which he commanded the Celtics offense as well as he has all season. Rondo extended his...
Did you spend your Sunday afternoon watching the second half of ABC’s doubleheader? If so, then you maybe have seen me. Section one, row ten, seat eight, grey fitted hat with the sticker. I was next to that guy with enough fake jewelry to open his own kiosk, and two seats behind Rajon Rondo’s wife, who spent most of the game lint rolling. I accidentally left the camera...
If my calculations are correct, Pierce averaged 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals this week, while being overlooked by fans in favor of heaping praise on Kevin Garnett and/or Rajon Rondo approximately 15,398,387 times. (Note: Don’t take that as an insult to KG or Rondo. Both deserve all the praise they’ve gotten, just like Pierce deserves a lot more praise...
Don't look now, but the Boston Celtics have been creeping up the standings in the Eastern Conference. Last night, the C's quite arguably had their most impressive win on the season with a 91-72 blowout victory over the Miami Heat. Boston was in control from the start thanks to a brilliant first quarter from Rajon Rondo. After leading by 5 at the half, the Celtics outscored...
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Rajon Rondo: Screw the green arrow, Rondo deserves a gold star for his performance. His 1st quarter was phenomenal: 10 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. The Heat knew they were in for a fight right from the start. He managed the game brilliantly...
Two years ago the Celtics played .500 ball the 2nd half of the season, yet still made it to the NBA Finals. Last year the C's played sub .500 ball the 2nd half of the season and were knocked out of the playoffs in the 2nd round. This year the Celtics seemed destined to regress even further unless they made some roster changes. The two key additions were supposed to be a full...
Paul Pierce rivaled Lebron James with a stellar all-around performance against the Heat on Sunday. And the Celtics captain is being properly recognized for his outstanding play of late. On Monday, Pierce was named as the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week. This is the second time that Pierce has won the award this season, also taking home the honors during the first...
It wasn’t too long ago that it looked like the Boston Celtics were going to be blown up. Rajon Rondo was shopped for the better part of the season. Ray Allen was available for the right combination of picks and young players. There were even rumors that Paul Pierce was available, again, for the right price. I don’t think anyone would have been really surprised if Danny Ainge...
Paul Pierce was more than ready for the college basketball championship tipoff Monday night. He tweeted a photo of himself decked out in his Kansas threads, calling on Kentucky alumnus Rajon Rondo to do the same with a Wildcats jersey. “I’m ready,” Pierce said in his tweet, where he was wearing the familiar No. 34. Photo/Twitter @PaulPierce34
Photo By Lorianne DiSabato on Flickr. Yes, that's Sheed on the line.
"We have been a horrendous team going to the line, for the most part, where as in the past we’ve been very good at it," admitted Rivers. "[Pierce is] the guy. [Point guard Rajon] Rondo doesn’t get to the line as much as we’d like, so we need someone to go to the line. Kevin...
It's not often that an NBA player gets duped by a playground move but check out this clip from yesterday's Heat/Celtics affair as Paul Pierce ends up giving Heat forward Shane Battier an easy basket.The play happened midway through the second quarter during a Miami in-bounds play as Pierce had his back turned and Shane saw the opportunity to bounce it off his back for an easy hoop:
The Big Three continue to lead the way for the Miami Heat, who seem unlikely to relinquish control of the Southeast Division lead down the stretch.
While Ray Allen has missed the last five games, the Boston Celtics have climbed to the top of the Atlantic behind tremendous efforts from Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Looking to continue their recent success in this series, the Heat...