Rondo turns in historical performance in Celtics win
My mom told me today all she wanted for Mother's Day was a Celtics victory. Well she got her wish. Rajon Rondo turned in one of the greatest playoff performances in Celtics history as Boston used a huge fourth quarter to beat Cleveland 97-87. Rondo dropped a near triple double in the first half then finished it off with 29 points, 18 rebounds, and 13 assists. Yes, you heard that right. A 6'1 point guard had 18 rebounds. Signing this guy for 55 Million before the season was a steal. This guy is worth twice that. He was by far the best player on the court and has been the best player all series.
History was made today as well. For the first time ever Lebron James got 4 fouls. This may never be seen again. This was the first must win game of the season for the Celtics and they came through despite the refs giving Lebron every call. This isn't surprising as it has been going on for years now. However, it still amazes me that he can just run into people and they will call it a foul. Something really needs to be done about this or the NBA will never get back to the what they once were back in the 80's and 90's.
Pierce continued to struggle and looked just off out there. He's going to need to step up his game or we won't win the series. Jamison started off well but as usual disappeared. That's why I don't think the Cavs are that good. Besides Lebron no one really plays well for the full 4 quarters. Jamison has no left hand so why not make him go left? This is basic basketball knowledge yet somehow the Celtics still allow him to go right. Ray Allen was playing well and hitting his threes in the first half which was huge for us. That guy is the consummate professional. Plus his mom is really cool.
The Cavs started slowly making their way back in the second half. Pierce got his 4th foul and Shaq actually started to show signs of life. Rondo and TA were the only ones playing well. Speaking of TA, besides Rondo he was the star of this game. He played great defense on Lebron and made some great finishes around the basket. I was wrong about you TA, and for that I apologize. Hell froze over today as well when Sheed put in effort. He went after offensive rebounds and played very well on the defensive end. The chances of this happening in Game 5 are probably about 2.9%.
JR made a great point in the chat today that in many ways this was bigger than just one game. If we had lost, the series would be all but over and the future of the Big 3 in question. Now things are all square and we go back to Cleveland looking to get another win with a chance to close it out in Boston. The Celtics showed true grit today when they could've folded. I can't remember the last time I felt so proud to be a Celtics fan. Let's hope the Celtics continue to play at this energy level and get a win on Tuesday.