Donny Marshall was annoyed that Pierce (15 points, 10 rebounds) didn't drive to the basket on the final possession. Despite being covered by the aging Tim Duncan, I didn't see much of an opening for Pierce. He opted for his patented step-back jumper and it didn't fall. A couple things to keep in mind – the Spurs had a foul to give. And if Pierce was able to get to the hoop, the refs – who called only 20 fouls all night – may have swallowed the whistles.
The sequence that killed the Celtics started with 1:32 left in the 4th. Trailing 85-83, Kevin Garnett had a terrible turnover while trying to get the ball to Pierce. The Spurs had a rollercoaster possession that ended with a back-breaking jumper by Matt Bonner.
If your pulse wasn't racing in the 2nd half, you need to see a doctor. The Celtics blew many, many opportunties to take the lead.
The Spurs second unit outscored Boston's second unit 44-24. They also dominated on the boards, 53-29. This game was also lost on the free throw line. The Spurs were 8-11, Boston 6-13.
Despite being demoted to the second unit [sarcasm], Avery Bradley played another superb game – 19 points, 9-16 FG and some tenacious defense. When the media asked Gregg Popovich about Bradley after the game, the Spurs coach said, "He's a pain in the ass."
Ray Allen struggled offensively (5 points, 2-6 FG), but nailed a HUGE three pointer with 39 seconds remaining.
The Rondo train keeps rolling along: 17 points, 11 assists and 4 steals in 44 minutes.
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