Rajon Rondo dribbles the ball and Ray Allen after finding an open space got a pass and a quick three point shot with less than 3 seconds left in regulation. The Celtics celebrated their win but left the court in a sour note…
Despite leveling their first round duel with the Chicago Bulls, Boston in some instance was scrambling and on the verge of losing game 2 when they allow Ben Gordon to score 42 points and succumbed to 14 block shots with Tyrus Thomas making 6 out of it. Losing team skipper Kevin Garnett was a big blowout to the Celtics. He was the vocal leader and gives the team its defensive presence in the paint. Their game one loss was a wake up call and Boston has to do better in terms of team chemistry and finding ways to win without Garnett. Winning a championship would be the ultimate goal in any team but defending it would be the ultimate price of redemption. The loss to the Knicks, Bobcats, Indiana, Golden State and the LA Clippers were not coincidental or lack of focus it was just that teams are always preparing for the defending champion. They are practicing how to lessen Paul Pierce output, neutralize Allen’s shooting and being more physical to Garnett’s low post threat. Everyone is trying to take a bite on the Celtics and making it a bench mark to their team’s development.
“Big Baby” Glenn Davis has step up on his role as Garnett’s replacement but the big blow comes when Leon Powe got an injury after game two and will have to skip the remaining games in the playoffs. Leon who averages 7.7 ppg and 4.9 reb is a good contributor and a good role player to Celtics depleted roster. Well, they will have to make the best out of their reserves with Mikki Moore and Stephon Marburry.
Game 3 will be at the United Center in Chicago with Rajon Rondo having a sprained right ankle and with no Garnett and Powe the Celtics will have to dig deep and rely mostly in Pierce and Allen.
Ray Allen knows Game 2 was a close victory but going into Game 3 there isn’t going to be a lucky streak especially if you’re playing in a hostile environment. The Celtics are having the blues… And it’s time Pierce to step up a notch higher… he was their leader when they were 24-58 and he knows how to overcome adversity… enough about the blues… it’s just a color anyways.
We can never questioned the heart of a champion…….