Today's madness matchup takes a little break from loud jams and fast breaks and focuses on a couple pretty passing plays. Throughout the New Big Three Era, one of the understated aspects of this team (and how at times conjures up memories of the Original Big Three) is their unselfishness and their passing. Sometimes it's actually a lot of over-passing leading to a fumbled pass or ugly turnover to ruin an otherwise beautiful play. These two plays were nothing short of beautiful.
Seed #27: Shamrock Symphony in Philly – Nenad Krstic rebounds a Ray Allen missed three, then kicks it out to Paul Pierce who is camped at the three-point line. Without hesitation, he fires a pass to Ray who smartly went to the hoop after missing his three. Ray, also without hesitation, executes a sweet behind-the-back bounce pass to Krstic, rewarding the big man's efforts. Krstic then slams it home for two.
Seed #38: Rondo Around the Back Pass to Big Baby – It was the first game the day of "The Trade." The Celtics were actually in this game until late in the fourth quarter, when Denver provided a preview to Game 5 against Miami and reeled off about 20 unanswered points to defeat the Celtics. The C's dressed about 6 guys to play, and this play by Rajon Rondo was the highlight of the game. Picking up the ball from a broken play, Rondo blows by Ty Lawson getting all the way to the hoop and tossing a perfect around the back pass to Glen Davis, who lays it in. Note how he faked out Danilo Gallinari.