The Dallas Mavericks completed a stunning comeback last night against the Miami Heat, coming back from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to tie up the series at 1 game apiece. It was an amazing comeback, and as Celtics fans we're familiar with historic comebacks (see: Celtics/Nets 2002 Game 3 ECF and Celtics/Lakers Game 4 2008 NBA Finals).
The GreenLight Madness continues, but unfortunately neither of today's clips are comeback themed. They are however, impressive plays in two different forms. While Dirk Nowitzki has been compared frequently to Larry Bird as of late, this no-look pass by Paul Pierce is something that reminds me more of Bird. Dirk has never been the passer (or rebounder, or team defender) that Bird was, but Pierce's pass here against Milwaukee brought back some memories of Larry.
That pass was an example of finesse and artistry. Going up against Pierce is an example of strength and determination. Kevin Garnett, a little reminiscent of the 2008 Finals when Lamar Odom fouled him and hit a bank-shot lay-up while falling down anyway, gets grabbed by Jordan Crawford. In the process, KG is able to power it in and score the and 1. Tough stuff here.
Seed #8: Pierce's No-Look Pass to Krstic
Seed #57: KG And 1 on Jordan Crawford
In the previous matchup, Rondo's baseline dance and pass to Ray for 3 at MSG defeated the "ball never touches the floor fast break" out in the Bay Area to advance. Who advances today?