We’ll take a complete look at this dandy tomorrow morning, but for now some quick notes from the Garden on this contest as well as Rajon Rondo’s historic evening.
We’d do an injustice if we didn’t start with Rondo here. Just a magical triple-double, 10 points, 10 rebounds, 24 assists. Just an incredible night, overall but it should be noted Rondo also got an assist from the scorekeeper who gave him a couple dimes he probably didn’t earn. Still, has to be one of the most unique triple-doubles in history, I’ve never seen a 10-10-20 line before and doubt anyone besides Oscar or Jason Kidd has put one up before.
The funny thing about Rondo’s night though is that he and the Celtics offense started off painfully slow. He missed three of four shots out of the gate, as the C’s offense sputtered with just six points in the six minutes of the game. During his next 39 minutes of action? He dished out 23 dimes. Paul Pierce put it best in describing Rondo’s unselfishness:
“He got the popcorn man involved, he got the announcer involved, he got everyone involved tonight. It was beautiful to watch.”
Beautiful indeed. The C’s controlled most of this contest, before their usual late game scare when foul trouble (KG and Baby fouled out) and injuries (Shaq left in fourth quarter with bruised knee) Jermaine O’Neal sat out with a sore knee) making Paul Pierce the biggest player on the floor for the C’s in the final two minutes.
The good news for Pierce though is he rebounded like a center all night, hitting the glass for 14 boards his highest number in 4 years. He chipped in 25 points as well with four shots from deep. Fun to watch.
KG also chipped in with a stellar double-double (24-10) on 70 percent shooting and Glen Davis once again looked like the best player on the floor for large stretches of this one, continuing his hot streak with another strong effort off the bench.
There’s plenty more to talk about. The injuries, the turnovers, how this one got too close for comfort once again and we’ll get to it all for tomorrow. For now, enjoy this historic night on Halloween weekend for the C’s future.