As I stood there in my living room with about 3 minutes to go in the game… I heard a sound that made my heart swell (and my ego too)
One chant, "Rondo is better!" was particularly biting and hard-hitting.
"I heard it," said Rondo. "Like I said, these fans have always been great to me. It was nice to hear, I guess. But it didn't faze me."
Josh Smith heard it too:
"I hope our fans were watching," said Smith. "We are going to need them to be like the Celtics fans were tonight. The Celtics play with a lot of energy. They fed off it."
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It was staring him in the face. Section 2, Row 4. Dave Weigner and Calden Akin made the sign just for him.
Big green letters that said "Rondo's Better."
Buddy just texted, they are chanting "RON-do's BET-er!" in the T station! WOOOOOO!!!!!
In fact… the "Rondo's Better" chant was mentioned in almost every recap out there… and the Herald also did its own piece on the crowd's reaction. In all seriousness… thanks to all of you who went to the game and followed through on this. It was awesome to hear.
Also awesome to hear: Bibby did it on purpose to take the heat off his young teammates
According to a Hawks source, the veteran point guard purposely made the incendiary comments to take the pressure off his very young teammates. Asked during a private moment before the game if such was the case, Bibby smiled and winked.
What's so awesome about that? It didn't work… and now we've got someone else to hate! Win-Win! Also very encouraging… the Celtics are decimating the Hawk while KG is shooting 38% from the field. But Rondo is picking up some of that slack… and KG is still making his biggest impact on the defensive end.
I definitely wouldn't have done that. In fact… when I got my "Blogger of the Year" award last week… I super glued it to Chuck's computer monitor… just so he'd never forget who the king was.
I'm A Douche Bag (clap, clap… clap clap clap)!
Herald: Celtics play does the talking | Rondo takes advantage | Paul Pierce will be ok | Thibodeau on radar | Plenty of action takes place outside the Garden too | Former ref Darell Garretson dies | Globe: Celtics loud, clear | Backache led to Pierce break | Garnett not an attention grabber | These Celtics on the same wavelength | Megliola: Hawks not much of an opponent | Souza: Celtcs crush Hawks | Camerato: Celtics silence Bibby | T&G: Rondo a video fanatic | Bibby takes it from Garden crowd | Hawks get physical | Patriot Ledger: Celtics rally behind Pierce | Kobe drops 49, Lakers go up 2-0 | Pistons get even