Post-game Reactions

I could do without some of the mean-faced histrionics after the shot, but you can’t blame the young fella for getting a bit carried away. What a game, what a series of shots from Davis down the stretch.

Someone (Bryan Roy, I think) will have a complete analysis coming soon. In the meantime, some bullets:

  • When Rondo had a chance at the steal and breakaway with the C’s up 91-88 and couldn’t quite corral the ball, and the ball bounced over to Courtney Lee, who then made an easy J–well, I thought maybe Orlando was going to pull this one out.
  • Obviously, the free throw shooting was bad tonight. Very frustrating to watch, though Orlando wasn’t much better from the line.
  • This is the kind of game that shows you shooting percentages aren’t everything when some ancillary things don’t go your way. The C’s outshot Orlando 52 percent to 40 percent, but were minus-5 in turnovers, allowed 12 offensive boards and made just one three-pointer. It is really hard to win an NBA game in 2009 when you make just one three-pointer. Thank the leprechauns Orlando made just 5-of-27 from deep.
  • Perk continues to play fantastic man defense on Howard in the post.
  • I am still waiting for an explanation on Pierce’s fifth foul.
  • Could Rondo average 10 rebounds a game if he set that as a goal? Some monster boards on both ends tonight for Rajon.
  • Fantastic defense from Lee all game on House. The Magic have a keeper there.
  • As a harsh critic of Mikki Moore’s, I feel obliged to give him credit tonight. Other than one terrible decision (the over-helping off of Lewis, allowing the easy corner three), Mikki avoided disaster over seven big minutes when Doc had no other option.
  • I really like when Doc Rivers gets excited.
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  • Jack Sprat

    Baby pushing the chubby white Magic fan out of the way after hitting the shot: hilarious.

    But yeah, amazing finish.

  • John

    I can't begin to imagine the F-bombs that were exchanged between KG and Davis in the lockerroom — and on the floor, come to think of it. They will both pass out from an intensity overload.

  • Jordan

    baby shoving that kid so hard his hat flew off was awesome, i kept watching it over and over.

  • Amidst the unyielding and celebratory exuberance after the game, I couldn’t help but be a little sad after Baby sunk that 20 footer to win the game– I had barely recovered from 30 seconds prior when Baby hit a 15 footer to give the Celts a 93-92 lead.

    For so long we leaned on our captain, Paul Pierce, to be the guy that takes the most important shot when it mattered most. When the game was on the line, Pierce was our guy. He was our closer. The Truth.

    With 1:07 left in the 4th, and the Celts up 91-90, Pierce tried to take control of the game. He dribbled at the top of the circle like he has done so often. He spun. He pumped faked. He faded away. He shot from about 14 feet. He missed. I can’t remember who was guarding him (Pietrus?), but he stayed with Pierce when he spun. He didn’t bite on the fake. He faded with Pierce to put a hand in his face.

    People have been very critical of Pierce during this playoff series, myself included at times. We criticize his iso plays and heroic antics. Winning teams win because players understand their roles: some score, some pass, some are defensive specialist, some are enforcers. Paul used to be the scorer. But with his dedication to defense that started last season and welcoming Ray and KG, we can see him letting go of his offensive control of this team. He has turned into a different kind of play maker.

    Change is hard; with difficult habits, addicts find themselves still falling off the wagon. We’ll still see moments when Pierce tries to make the last big shot every, but he’s learning to let go. Change is hard. But more often than not, change is necessary.

    You’re still a winner. Still a champ. Still ’08 Finals MVP. You don’t need to sink a buzzer beater to be a winner. You’ve willed your way to leading this team through 62 wins this season, plus 6 more this post season. And it’s not over yet. I am glad you didn’t take that final shot and trusted Baby’s open shot was better than yours in double coverage.

    But, it still makes me sad that you didn’t take that shot.