When Dwyane Wade deliberately took out Rajon Rondo (6 points, 11 assists) on a play which resulted in Rondo dislocating his elbow, I thought the series was over. The only positive.. the Rondo injury provided an excuse.
Little did I know that Rondo is one of the baddest mother-fffers on the planet. The kid dislocated his elbow, had it popped back in… and returned to play. He wasn't a mannequin out there either. He was making plays, diving on the court for loose balls… all with a dislocated bleepin' elbow.
As WEEI's John Dennis tweeted tonight, Rondo's performance wasn't quite the level of Schilling's bloody sock, but it was close.
Rondo's toughness overshined brilliant performances by Paul Pierce (27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) and Kevin Garnett (28 points, 18 rebounds). These guys were DETERMINED to win this game.
Shaq (8 minutes, 2 points, 0 rebounds) played. He looked gimpy after making a lay-up in the 2nd quarter, but his mobility improved throughout the game.
On a serious note, the Boston PD have launched an intense manhunt for Chris Bosh. Pat Riley called police after his All-Star power forward failed to show up for tonight's game. We can only hope Bosh is ok.