We've all heard Celtics head coach Doc Rivers say time and time again that he's never that worried about the team's offense. His reasoning is that as long as their trademark defensive effort is there more often than not, the offense will take care of itself. For stretches of Game 2 against the New York Knicks, this was clearly evident with Rajon Rondo streaking out on the break providing a free lay-up clinic for all to learn from.
There were several other instances that stood out which are highlighted below.
Example 1: Pierce comes over from the weak side to reject Toney Douglas' lay-up attempt. Instead of Dwight Howard-ing it into the 15th row of the TD Garden, he gets just enough of it so that his teammate, Ray Allen can collect the ball. Ray then fires a textbook outlet to the streaking Rondo who averts the trailing Ronny Turiaf for two.
Example 2: In this instance, the C's gave up one of several thousand offensive rebounds, forcing an extended New York possession and more defense. Rondo finds himself caught in a switch on Carmelo Anthony, who went Lionel Richie on the Celtics and torched them all night long. Rondo locks him up about as good as he could given the mismatch, and after forcing him to miss, Ray grabs the rebound. he then outlets it to Rondo who is once again looking to attack the rim, but New York gets back and clogs the lane quickly. Rondo notices this and delivers a pass to the trailing Paul Pierce, who drills a three.