How many times have we seen the new Big 3-era Celtics fall behind early, claw their way back, only to fade in the 4th quarter? Tonight was one of those nights.
The 2nd quarter was horrendous. The Cs shot 3-for-15. They were outrebounded 19-3. A 7-point lead was transformed into a 9-point deficit.
As the lead crept to 16, I contemplated writing a recap after the 3rd quarter and calling it a night. But once the thought entered my mind, the Celtics made a run. Credit Ray Allen (12 points, 4-13 FG) who made three 3s in the final 4 minutes of the quarter.
The Celtics pulled ahead (63-61) in the 4th, but that's when the fade began. Luol Deng (23 points, 6-9 3 FG, 10 assists) kept nailing three pointers and the Bulls picked apart the Cs zone defense.
Rajon Rondo (17 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists) had two beautiful alley-oops to Chris Wilcox (9 points, 3 rebounds). Let's hope Dwight Howard sees some highlights.
Not sure how I feel about Rajon Rondo in the post. The play often takes too long to develop. Is he really comfortable there?
Another weak effort by Paul Pierce (14 points, 6-16 FG). What's wrong with the Truth?
TNT's Kevin Harlan referred to JaJuan Johnson as "Jackson" on multiple occassions.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)