Is there something wrong with Rajon Rondo’s sneakers, or was the floor wet in Philly? Because it seemed like Rondo was slip-sliding all night.
Fatal slippage occurred in the final seconds of overtime as Rondo lost his footing as he launched the potential game winning shot. The ball missed everything and the Celtics walked away losers, 95-94.
Props to Evan Turner (26 points, 10 rebounds) for wearing his big boy pants and making the 13-foot turnaround on the Sixers final possession.
The Green: Rajon Rondo’s first half stat line: 14 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists. (Any guess on the last player to achieve that? The answer at the bottom of the post.) Rajon finished with 16 pts, 14 assists, 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Credit him for a solid defensive job on Jrue Holiday (15 points, 4 assists, 6 fouls), too.
Jeff Green (19 points, 8 rebounds) was the only bench player to make an impact.
The Gross: Jason Terry was 1-for-12. The Celtics had 18 turnovers, 8 in the 3rd quarter. The Celtics shot 3-for-22 from 3. Paul Pierce was 1-8. Courtney Lee airmailed an open three with 25 seconds remaining that would have sealed the game. I’ll stop.
For those of us who thought Paul Pierce had dead legs, check out this drive and dunk:
Pierce had another doozy:
- Philly shot 37% FG and 18% 3 FG
- The Sixers outshot Boston by 18, note the 17 offensive rebounds
- At one point in the 3rd quarter, Boston had 13 turnovers to Philly’s 2
- Kevin Garnett finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds
Trivia answer: Kobe Bryant – 2002.