A year ago, the Boston Celtics trailed the Miami Heat 2-1 entering what was essentially a do-or-die Game 4 on their TD Garden home court. Sounds pretty familiar, right?The main difference?Rajon Rondo’s now healthy. (via my column for the Springfield Republican)
For a year the Celtics have wondered: “What if?”What if Rondo hadn’t crashed to the TD Garden parquet floor? What if he’d been able to play the final games of that series with two arms rather than one? Would they have been able to overcome the 2-0 deficit?Now the Celtics finally get their chance.The surrounding cast of faces isn’t entirely the same. The situation is of course different. But the Celtics again trail Miami 2-1 with the fourth game coming at home. And this time, their conductor is healthy.
If the Celtics have reason to be optimistic, it’s that Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett have consistently shown the ability to be at least the third and fourth best players in this series. Against a team led by both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, that’s a better accomplishment than it might sound.(Bonus reading: Adrian Wojnarowski on the evolving relationship of Garnett and Rondo – ”There were times when they really clashed,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers told Yahoo! Sports on Friday night. “But the difference now? They clash and recover.)