The Celtics were cold in the 4th quarter. If they weren’t dunking the ball, that ball wasn’t going through the hoop.
Lucky for the Celtics, pulled off two plays that got them the high-percentage shots they needed at crucial times. Actually… it was the same play… just run on opposite sides of the floor.
Here’s the first one:
The play really happens at the :13 mark with 2:35 left on the clock. At his point in the fourth quarter, the Celtics had made exactly four baskets and two free throws. A once 13 point lead was now 3. There was plenty of time left, and plenty of momentum on the Bulls side.
Rondo gets the ball at the top of the key and goes left with a ball screen from Paul Pierce. Kevin Garnett comes up and sets a screen on Paul Pierce’s guy, a brilliant little twist to pick-off a player that is trying hedge and prevent Rondo from getting to the basket again. Suddenly, the staggered, double screen action not only has two guys scrambling to recover and chase Rondo down, it...