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  • Five Things We Learned: The Age Of Rondo Is Upon Us: For most of the 2008-09 season, people have been struggling to define just how fast Rajon Rondo actually is. It is known, for example, that there is no one in the NBA who can stay in front of him on a consistent basis. It was suggested, by Rondo himself, that he could beat Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt in the 100 meters. It’s taken 82 games, five more in the playoffs and four overtime periods before we could definitively answer the question, but here it is: Rajon Rondo is fast enough to save a season in 94 seconds. [WEEI.com]
  • Paul Pierce picks his spot: For three quarters, he had been largely absent – or as absent as someone can be with 11 points in an NBA playoff game. Paul Pierce knew his season was slipping away. The Celtics were well down the road to a 3-2 deficit to the Chicago Bulls and the very real chance their year would end before they played another game in the Garden. [Boston Herald]
  • Big stage ‘fun’ place to be for rookie Derrick Rose: The basketball world may have been stunned by Derrick Rose’s record-tying effort in the opening game of the Celtics-Bulls series, but don’t count veteran guard Lindsey Hunter among the shocked. As someone who has played alongside Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Kobe Bryant and Chauncey Billups in a 15-year NBA career, Hunter knows a thing or two about backcourt excellence. He feels the sky is the limit for the recently named Rookie of the Year. [Boston Herald]
  • Ray Allen runs afoul of calls: “I was extremely upset, I was disappointed, I thought all game the whistles were bad, but I didn’t want to be that isolated guy who was on the sideline pouting. We had to win a game, and those were the cards we were dealt.” [Boston Herald]
  • Flagrant cries: You all have friends and relatives scattered across the country, imbedded in the very cities in which Our Teams have annihilated the competition en route to capturing championship . . . after championship . . . after championship. And now it’s Chicago’s turn to hate Boston. [Boston Herald]
  • Truth: Paul Pierce is still the Truth when it matters most. [CelticsBlog]
  • KOD

    What a game, what a series! These KG-less Celts are making us proud and not going down without a fight.

    Great Simmons article on some burning questions surrounding the 1st round of the NBA playoffs. Loaded with good Celtic commentary from last night's game and the series with the Bulls: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=s

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