Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
The smart play -- heck the only play -- was to go to Garnett. But there was Pierce, with 1:18 remaining in the game, stepping up and making a step-back jumper that should start with a bar code. Pierce buried the shot to put the Celtics up, 90-84, It was his only field goal of the fourth quarter. And it was so familiar, so comfortable, that it blended into the larger narrative.
There were other clutch plays, too. Rondo was 3 for 6 in the fourth quarter, taking the dare on a couple of jump shots the Celtics ended up needing. Garnett kept stepping up and nailing his 18-footers. And the game's final play, when Rondo dribbled out the clock, was executed perfectly by an experienced team.
Experience was supposed to win out over youth and athleticism against Philadelphia, but that storyline manifested itself more stron...