With less than a minute to go in the OT, the Celtics had a shot to cut the Miami lead to 3 or even 2. The Celtics drew up a play for Ray Allen.
He inbounds, goes to the baseline and then circles back between 2 picks in hopes of getting a 3. Looked like a pretty nice wrinkle to plays Boston has run before, but Miami defended it well. At the :05 mark, Dwyane Wade switches on the screen, so Rondo drives.
At 10: Rondo circles under the basket after getting past LeBron. He's not going to risk getting blocked, and he knows Ray is still lurking out there somewhere. They have developed that chemistry. At that same point, Kevin Garnett has set a pick for Ray and is now watching Rondo.
This is where KG uncharacteristically loses focus. He's so intent on watching Rondo, he doesn't realize that if he just steps forward and screens his own guy, Udonis Haslem, Ray is sneaking in behind him for a corner 3.
Instead, KG floats to the corner himself. Rondo throws it out there looking for Ray. Ray is going to the corner looking for the ball. His hands are out. But KG is there. And not only is he there, he launches the corner 3 with 12 seconds on the shot clock. There was time to get it back to Rondo and have him create.
I'm not going to kill KG for a bad play, though the timing of that play was pretty awful. We don't know if Ray would have hit the 3 but he was hot last night and man, does he love that left corner. It was a definite, uncharacteristic lack of focus by Kevin Garnett that effectively sealed the win for the Heat. It's the little things like this that are the difference between winning and losing.