Rajon Rondo had one of the all-time greatest performances in Boston’s illustrious playoff history. He scored 44 points to go along with 10 assists and 8 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Heat took down the Celtics anyway, 115-111 in OT.
Rondo was an absolute beast and by far the best player on the floor on Tuesday night in Miami. In fact, the Celtics threw everything they had at the Heat. Boston led by as many as 15 points and held a 7-point lead at the end of the 1st half, but there were runs by both teams throughout the game. Probably the most disturbing run for Boston was the monster 3rd quarter that the Heat put up. In the first half Dwyane Wade couldn’t hit the ocean if he was cliff-diving on Wide World of Sports 30 years ago. But then in the 3rd, the Miami defense woke up along with Wade and the Heat outscored the Celts 35-22 to take a 6 point lead into the 4th quarter.
The 4th continued to be about Rondo as he refused to let Boston’s hopes for an upset die. He was penetrating relentlessly and creating opportunities for his teammates. For a guy who has struggled throughout his career with jump shots, Rajon was shooting at his best. He finished the game hitting 16 of his 24 shots from the field and also knocked in 10 of 12 from the FT line. That is an efficient night. Yet it wasn’t enough.
So should Boston be encouraged or discouraged by Game 2. I would say the Celtics, as tough and seasoned as they are, might not be able to recover. They shot almost 50% from the field, 90% from the line, and had the best player(at least on this night) on either team, yet they still lost in OT. Conventional wisdom says that you will not hold DWade to 2 points in the 1st half again in the series, and you won’t be lucky enough to have Mario Chalmers be the #1 option offensively like he was through much of the opening two periods. That same wisdom also says that Rajon Rondo won’t have another game like this in the series, and maybe not again in his career. He was that good. Oh, and LeBron is going to keep getting his 30+ points to go with double-digit rebounds every night. The bottom line; Boston probably just blew their best chance for a victory in this series.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).