So far we’ve seen magical passes from Rondo, posterizations by Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass, and Paul Pierce taking command against ATL in the playoffs all advance to the next round of the tournament. We have yet to hear from Kevin Garnett, but the next two matchups will feature some of his plays. KG had an incredible renaissance year of sorts, defying the undefeated Father Time once again. He started the season looking cooked, but after the all-star break and a move to the five spot ignited him and the team all the way to Game 7 of the ECF. Check out below for one of his clutch plays from the playoffs.
Seed #11: KG’s Put-Back Slam vs Atlanta, Game 3 ECSF – The Celtics had tied the series with a legendary performance by Paul Pierce in Game 2. They were playing an Atlanta team without Josh Smith, Zaza Pachulia and Al Horford and it was still a grind, still one of the ugliest playoff games you’ll ever see. Rajon Rondo returned and played well, but it wasn’t until the final play in OT that sealed the nail-biter. Off a hand-off, Rondo does his patented ball-fake to get his man in the air. It worked perfectly until he missed the lay-up, but like Pierce did in Game 2, KG saved Rondo, this time with a huge follow-up slam. That gave the Celtics the lead, and the win.
Seed #22: Rondo’s No-Look Pass to Quis, Game 3 ECF – After dropping a heart breaking Game 2 in Miami, the Celtics were in serious need of a win in Game 3. With the game firmly in control midway through the third quarter, Rondo had a little fun with this pass, shaking a little hot sauce on it as Quis cut to the baseline.