Yesterday afternoon the Big Shamrock, Shaquille O'Neal announced his retirement. While Shaq certainly had several memorable moments off the court here in Boston, his on court highlights were pretty much well before the all-star break. Shaq did not make this tournament, but when we compile a full season tournament, he'll be there.
Paul Pierce certainly made several fantastic plays during the second half of the season and his clutch jumper at MSG took home nearly 70% of the vote over the Ray Allen/KG connection during Game 1 in Miami. Today's matchup pits an amazing play by Rajon Rondo during Game 3 at New York, against the coach's dream of a play out in the Bay Area.
Seed #7: Rondo Dances on the Baseline Finds Ray for Three – Rondo first sneaks over Amare Stoudemire for an offensive rebound from a Paul Pierce miss, and touch-passes it to Jermaine O'Neal who misses the lay-up. Then, he hustles in for another offensive rebound, dribbles around his back and between the legs while dancing on the baseline then finishes it off with a pass to Ray for a baseline three. Beautiful.
Seed #58: Ball Doesn't Touch the Floor – The Celtics take their textbook fast break talents to the Bay Area by completing a perfect passing/don't let the ball touch the floor sequence. This is a coach's dream at any level of basketball. It's topped off with a Pierce two-handed slam.