Three transition plays from this one, because it seemed like the Celtics did all their scoring off of OKC missed shots.
3. The Slowest Transition Basket Ever
Pierce goes coast to coast in about the time it would actually take to go from coast to coast. Slowness kills! I love the deliberate way he pounds his dribble, and the way each one takes him in a different direction.
This was part of a flurry of activity for Pierce, scoring eight straight points and 10 of 12.
2. Rondo Rides Alone
This is what an actual end-to-end score looks like. He really burns through that hole in the paint.
But like any great rushing QB, Rondo is nothing without his o-line: that hole only opens up because KG plows Serge Ibaka out of the way.
1. Rondo Threads Needle to Pietrus
This was one of Pietrus’s funnest threes tonight, but the unsung hero of this play is the pass. If Rondo’s 40 feet from the sideline and Pietrus is 30 feet from halfcourt, then the pass is about a 50-footer. And Rondo, on the run, hits Pietrus’s breadbasket in step.
Perfectly straight, perfectly timed, and it needed to be both. Look at that pass again. Keep watching it until you learn!
0. KG Accidentally Scores on Alley-Oop
A rare scoring lowlight this evening! This play makes the cut over all the turnovers because it made me the saddest. Three or four years ago, KG would have caught this lob from Rondo midflight and sat on the rim before casually dropping it through the rim. Remember that? When reporters were always asking Rondo how they established their lob connection? Those were great times. Today, this happens:
That is a blown alley-oop, Marv Albert. KG doesn’t need your pity calls! Wash out your eyes with this: