An epic performance by Rajon Rondo and a tremendous "grit and balls" effort by the Celtics tonight was marred by wretched officiating.
I didn't want to bitch about the officials. The game was too good. But I can't stomach the bias. Just look at the photo. With the game tied at 105 in overtime, Rondo got raked across the face by Wade. No call. Thirty seconds later, Wade drove the lane, kicked Garnett to create separation and no call. It was the perfect scenario for a make-up call, but nothing.
The Celtics were whistled for 15 more fouls (33 – 18). Dwyane Wade and LeBron James had two fouls each. Paul Pierce fouled out with 47 seconds remaining in the 4th.
Pure garbage. A farce.
Rondo (44 points, 16-24 FG, 10 assists, 8 rebounds in 53 minutes) was fantastic. He played the entire game. He becomes the first player to record 40+ points and 10 assists in a playoff game.
Is there really any point in dissecting the Xs and Os of this game? The outcome is predetermined.
And while I'm ranting… Mike Breen is as pro-Heat as the officials. Every play they make is made out to be some epic moment. If Wade or LeBron churned out a stat line like Rajon Rondo did tonight, Breen would have been pulled off the air for sexual misconduct.
(image courtesy Jose3030)