Despite Rajon Rondo’s 44 points in Game 2, the Celtics are in a 2-0 hole against the Miami Heat
Game 2 was supposed to be the game that the Celtics come out and respond to their game 1 loss to the hated Miami Heat. After all the technical’s, fouls, and other help from David Stern’s angels the Celtics were able to keep pace up until the 4th quarter of game 1. This game was treated to a little extra basketball, after Ray Allen hit a game tying 3 in the final minute of the 4th. This despite fouls constantly going against them(Celtics shot 29 free throws in the game. LeBron James, by himself, shot 24 free throws to put it in perspective, 47 total for Miami) So how does this team stay so close and have the opportunity to win these games?
The answer: Rajon Rondo. 44 points in 53 minutes of play. He never once sat through the game and after Pierce fouled out, he continued to will this team to bring them to overtime and even kept them in it up until the final 5 seconds of the overtime with multiple 3 pointers. This is a great take-away for the future of this team, as Rondo seems to finally be developing that jump shot that has previously eluded him through his young NBA career. Other than that, not many good feelings come from this game. Refereeing, as usual, was terrible; coupled with the fact the Celtics could not get a rebound at clutch moments for the life of them, and Miami just kept making shots during clutch moments.
Friday could be it for this team. I know thats only Game 3 but if the Celtics falter again on Friday and go down 3-0 its extremely rough to come back from. I gotta say, I was certainly hoping for a different beginning to this series, figuring they would have won at least one of the first two games. But now it all rides on Friday Night at the TD garden. Hopefully on Friday we will not have to play 8 vs 5 like we have had to during the first two games. Let’s hope we get the advantage.
- John Calabro