We’re breaking out our game highlights countdown into a separate package from now on. Additional notes and stats on last night’s game will follow later Saturday. They won’t be pretty, mind you. But they’re coming.
Now, we’ll continue our review of this one with a couple of actual positives from last night’s loss, an irritatingly correct call by the officials and a charming failure from one of the Celtics to cap it all off.
3. Like Frampton before him, Chris Wilcox came alive last night. In a short burst in the second quarter, he joined Rajon Rondo on the break for two transition dunks. Here they are.
2. Here’s Rondo’s charge on Derrick Rose, which some of you may see as the third foul on Rose that was never called. My read on this is you could fairly call it a charge. It’s defensible, I think. But I hate this rule. Because it also looks like a block to me. There needs to be more latitude for a “play on” in cases like this. Encouraging guys to flop and to slide in underneath a guy with a lane to the hoop does nothing for the game.
1. This play is perfect. First, a perfectly still Rondo uses some sort of voodoo power to strip the ball from Rose, who’s plowing down the wing. Rondo tears back upcourt and finds Ray Allen for a wide open three. Ray misses the shot but the Celtics will take that look anytime. More often than not, he knocks that in for three points. Then more good things happen: Brandon Bass snatches an offensive rebound and kicks it back out to Rondo. Rondo finds Allen, who makes a perfect back-door cut to the rim for an easy layup.
0. This last one is for Hayes, who argued vehemently against Avery Bradley seeing the court at all in our 5-on-5 on Thursday. Here, Bradley takes the ball to the rim and then… well… you can see for yourself. Whatever he’s doing, it’s not anything that smacks of, as Hayes notes, competence.