I can’t even get my head wrapped around all of this. I’m still in a glass case of emotion. Paul Pierce’s face sums it up well.
But despite the depressing news of Rajon Rondo having a torn ACL hanging over fans like a dark cloud, the Celtics played one of the best games of the year, beating the Miami Heat in double overtime, 100-98.
The Green: Just the overall team effort was great to see. Courtney Lee gave a solid effort starting over Rondo. Leandro Barbosa gave a much needed offensive spark in the first half. Jared Sullinger continuing to be a walking Tommy Point and even showing a little emotion after Rashard Lewis tried to put him in a Cobra Clutch. Jeff Green came up big on both sides of the ball, including injecting some life in the fourth with a posterization of Chris Bosh and getting a charge in overtime on Ray Allen. Even Pierce, who became the ball handler late, getting a triple double and also hitting what would be the go ahead jumper in double OT. It was also a pretty damn good effort on the defensive side of the ball. A completely different effort from the atrocity we witnessed Friday in Atlanta.
The Gross: What else is new? Rebounding. Despite the Heat being statistically worse than the Celtics coming into today’s game, the Heat outrebounded the Celtics, 53-46. But Miami was strong on the offensive glass, getting 17 offensive boards which gave the Heat plenty of second and third looks, including one that led to Lebron nailing a three to bring this game to overtime and gave them a chance to win in the first overtime. Also seeing Ray Allen in a Heat jersey is still disturbing.
- It wasn’t a pretty game shooting wise as both teams shot 40% for the game.
- Kevin Garnett’s statline: 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals in 45 minutes. In his 18th season in the league. Incredible.
- 88 of Miami’s points came from Lebron, Wade, Bosh, & Allen.
Again this was a great win and hell a of way to get off of the six-game losing streak but the joy of victory disappeared as soon as Doris Burke told Paul Pierce about Rondo’s injury. But Doc Rivers said it best during his press conference: “You can write the obituary. I’m not.” Hopefully they can continue to play like they did tonight and carry the momentum from beating the defending champions.