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National Rondo Day: Celtics 115 Knicks 111

 
New York Knicks 111 Final
Recap | Box Score
115 Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, SF 46 MIN | 13-23 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 34 PTS | +3

Gotham’s nightmare played huge minutes, and hit huger shots down the stretch. Only because of Rondo’s control of overtime was he not the hugest Celtic today. But he was still plenty big.

Brandon Bass, PF 30 MIN | 6-11 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +2

His rebounding and interior defense were problems today (especially in the first half) but he was his usual reliable self on the offensive end. Absolutely, positively destined to be overpaid by somebody this summer.

Kevin Garnett, PF 41 MIN | 8-22 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +10

The Knicks got him off his shooting game, in part because they harassed him after his initial burst in the first quarter. But he was a key defensive presence that turned the game in the second half and look at the long minutes on the court. He’s giving his heart and soul lately.

Ray Allen, SG 45 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +22

Clearly not recovered, but still went 45 minutes and drew a lot of NY attention. Had a crushing three in overtime. Get some rest, Ray.

Rajon Rondo, PG 48 MIN | 7-20 FG | 4-7 FT | 17 REB | 20 AST | 18 PTS | +5

The negative: blew a lot of point blank shots. The positive: everything else, particularly his control of overtime on both sides of the ball. I wonder what kind of production Boston would see out of him if he played every game on national TV. I also assume no GMs are trying to pry Rondo loose today. The price would be way too high.

Keyon Dooling, PG 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -8

Getting run lately, doing middling things with it.

Chris Wilcox, PF 17 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -3

Had a few good attacks on the rim on second shots but overall, it was a come-down game for Wilcox after his last ten days of work.

Mickael Pietrus, SF 24 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -10

His long distance shooting is becoming a problem lately. He’s too eager to jack up the threes. Defensively, there’s little to complain about.

Avery Bradley, SG 5 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -1

Mostly watched Rondo.

  • Ryan DeGama

    Brendan has some postgame reax video for y'all.

    Rondo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMCzQDY8BGk&fe

    Pierce: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TooIccrY3ZU&li

  • I_Love_Green

    I love Headbando.

  • ripsonics

    "I wonder what kind of production Boston would see out of him if he played every game on national TV."

    This is the truest statement of the year. Rondo plays well on natl. tv, and played again, like a boss today on natl. tv.

    Consistency Rondo! If we had that we'd be sitting higher than we are now.

    Good win… We got some easy buckets, and all five starters were in double figures.

    Go C's

  • High Rollers

    Jackie Mac goes too far. Rondo had 13 and 14 the game before, a triple-double the game before that. He’s outplayed Irving, Jennings, DWill, and Linsanity since the All-Star break. His team has grinded out four wins in four attempts. He once again insinuated himself into the rare air of the likes of O, Magic, Wilt. And yet Mac brings it back to a petty level of I-only-play-this-way-to-look-good-on-TV. Now that is beneath her. Why ruin a sensational performance with sensationalism? I don’t think Bass’ “get off my back” proves anything. KG picking up two–not one but two–box scores on his way out… now that says something.

    • High Rollers

      http://espn.go.com/boston/nba/story/_/id/7645973/

      Look, the rest of the games this season are "big games." So get used to it.

      • High Rollers

        Jackie Mac et al.

      • paul

        You are so right. No other Celtics have been up and down this season.

        It's crap and you know it. Rondo has been our most consistent performer this year. When he's off, it stands out because he is so important to us

    • ripsonics

      i went and read the article.. and I gotta say man. She is right… even his teammates agree, and sportswriters including John Hollinger are saying that this is a good article and a true article.

      You cannot deny that she is way off here, because unless you only watch the national games, you have to admit that there are nights where Rondo looks real bad.

      I dunno.. I love when he plays like this, but its so damn frustrating to watch him be a lame ass other nights.

    • LACelticFan

      Good article from JackieMac…..I do like the line – Few NBA players bring it every game, but Rondo plays with at least one of them: Garnett. Rondo has the model right before him, if only he can look past his stubbornness, moodiness and deep, often destructive, pride.
      Even with that being said out loud, I still wouldn't trade Rondo, but take my chances and put the franchise squarely on his little shoulders.

  • High Rollers

    In tonight’s point guard Olympics, Rondo takes gold.

  • smalltownID

    Most important aspect of the game was that Rondo was a factor at the end. The last few games the most important thing is he has out-dueled some very good pgs. Now do the same to the DJ Augustin's of the league please.

  • High Rollers

    Actually, that’s not fair. Today Rondo was the best basketball player, period. I think, judging by his response, Magic Johnson agrees.

  • CelticsBIG3

    D-Will trying to keep up… He scored 57 tonight

  • guest

    I'm just hoping for consistency now. Hopefully the headband has injected new life into him again. It sure seems like it so far.

  • Roy

    One of two players to have a 15 15 15 game and no A+. I know he missed some shots, but you have to give it to hime

  • dunny dun dun

    celtics need Kaman and they'd be taken more seriously as a threat for the ship

    • CelticsBIG3

      but who do you have to give up to get him

      • dunny dun dun

        im not too sure about what exactly his deal is with the hornets…..but i think you'd just absorb his contract. i think it's a long shot tho

        • dunny dun dun

          i think he's worth some draft picks tho or JO's expiring contract

  • James

    in this lock out season, leave our big 4 alone. let's ride this thing out!

    • CelticsBIG3

      heard that. lets ride it out and see what happens. if they can win the atlantic division your talking about moving up in playoff seeding big time

  • W2.

    I actually was pretty frustrated with Rondo's defense down the stretch. Lin got into the lane over and over again. Perhaps it was by design to force him toward the bigs, but dang it was frustrating. I couldn't help but feel like it was a lack of effort by Rondo in crunch time (maybe exhaustion, but the shift was noticable to this viewer).

  • CG12

    Rondo's rebounding always says a lot about how hard he is trying. When he is really into a game, he finds the ball, then he goes and gets it. What a monster game.

    Now if we could him to stop doing that on defense, and to just stay with his man.

  • dunny dun dun

    Doc needs to let Bradley get some run in with Rondo….rondo can run the offense as I dont think bradley is a.) a true PG b.) that comfortable playing it, but he can slash and cut to the basket I think he would be more effective as a 2 guard to be free to back cut and find the open spots or slash to the lane cause the kid is grease lightning

  • Tos

    Dunny, AB guarding 2′s would not benefit him, sure he could’ve handled NY’s, but most bigger players will just back him up and shoot right over him. AB is a very limited player right now.

  • janos

    Well you know I so happy today. I watch the game yesterdyay on TV. Very happy see RONDOS triple doubles again. Have bowl ice cream celebrate. is now two!! I hope everyone mad RONDOS now likes him again.

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