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Miami Bound: Celtics 85, 76ers 75

 
Philadelphia 76ers 75 Final
Recap | Box Score
85 Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, SF 37 MIN | 6-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | -3

Doug Collins was not going to let Paul Pierce beat him tonight. Pierce faced aggressive early doubles almost every time he touched the ball. Still, he manufactured a complete game, particularly on the glass. Pierce somehow managed to get stronger all series, while battling a knee injury, and being guarded by multiple guys, including one of the top perimeter defenders in the game. Just a complete throwback, this guy. They made him like they used to make them.

Brandon Bass, PF 41 MIN | 6-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | +11

Our boy Brandon played some big time defense tonight, which is to say that his shortcomings were less evidenced than usual. And for the second time in the last three, he put up an efficient offensive line. Is it possible he’s rounding back into regular season form?

Kevin Garnett, PF 38 MIN | 7-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +16

Owned game 7 the way he’s owned plenty of others this spring. At this point, he could teach a weekend masterclass on defense at the Holiday Inn and I’d pony up $500 for the privilege of attending. Could he have spent more time in the post earlier in the game? Sure. But RR’s heroics aside, KG carried the Celtics tonight.

Ray Allen, SG 38 MIN | 3-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +19

I watched him closely on defense tonight and he got beat a number of times, but considering how often Philly sought him out, he did a credible job, forcing the Sixers into more than a few second options in the second half. On offense, his shot wasn’t there… until finally, thrillingly, it was.

Rajon Rondo, PG 43 MIN | 6-13 FG | 5-5 FT | 10 REB | 10 AST | 18 PTS | +10

Came out strong in the first few minutes, proved ineffectual through the middle of the game and then, after Pierce fouled out, he took the f over with his traditional excellence from behind the three point line and and some ice-in-vein free throws. Oh yeah, also triple-doubled and turned the ball over 7 times. At this point, I just shrug. Maybe we’ll never understand him. Or just maybe — We Are All Rondos.

Keyon Dooling, PG 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +2

I consider his one strong take to the basket one of his season highlights. Depressing, that.

Ryan Hollins, C 10 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

Made a couple of plays on defense. Otherwise impotent.

Mickael Pietrus, SF 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +4

Completely useless from three-point territory (yet again) but played a great game nonetheless, attacking the rim for a dunk and a few key rebounds and putting pressure on Philly on both sides of the ball. With Avery finished and Allen diminished, he’s one of Boston’s most important subs the next two weeks. Avec gateau, Mickael. Avec gateau.

Greg Stiemsma, C 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7

One of my favorite lines of the season. 5 minutes and a whole lotta zeros.

  • someguyinsac

    2012 Banner #18 mission continues. Bring it on and carry on.

  • C's Fan 18

    Way to go c's… and good job for the c's starting line up especially rondo who took over when pierce fouled out.

    Now let get heat !

  • misel

    We Are All Rondos…

    janos and celticshub should get a patent for this =))

    • noche

      I'm still waiting for the we are all rondos shirt to come out. I'd buy 20 of them.

  • Mordo Hollo

    Awesome win for the CELTICS… What a treat for your loyal fans!! We know you can take down the Heat, and will be supporting you every step of the way!!! Good luck lads!

  • Batman

    A nerve-wracking game to say the least

    • Batman

      but seeing Rondo do that reminded me of the 2000 finals where Kobe took over when Shaq fouled out
      Amazing performance! Rojan Rando who?

      • janos

        Hi Batman! is Janos
        I was miss you on post , game NBA? Are you so happy right now team play, way/ Is great ride batman

        • Batman

          Hello Janos my good friend!
          I am ecstatic about the team right now
          I am right on the roller coaster with you Janos

  • yeah

    "At this point, I just shrug. Maybe we’ll never understand him. Or just maybe — We Are All Rondos."

    …MFW: O_O

    YesYesYesYesYes!

  • pilgrimtraveller

    ray's grade has to be higher. he played very good defense. his guy did essentially nothing. plus he hit two important threes.

  • Tos

    Love how Rondo banged in that three after his first one was changed to a two, as I’d to say “Oh so my foot was on the line, what about now? ”

    Awesome.

  • Morpheus

    I want the first We Are All Rondo’s t shirt, in green of course. ;-)

  • skeeds

    Loved Ray's grit. Loved KG, because damn. Loved Rondo, for make us eat our words again. Loved that PP got 15 points on a night that Iggy really played him like a man.
    But most of all, I loved the guys off the bench. Hollins made some great defensive plays in the 2nd half. (3-4 blocks in the 3rd) And with Pierce fouling out and the game still up for grabs, I would've panicked any other night. But Pietrus and Dooling played some Celtic defense in the 4th. And as a result, in the last 4 minutes, Philly got maybe 2 good looks.

    After this series, and last game especially, I'm relieved. Because if we can win against a defense this good, we're gonna be ok against the Heat.

  • tbunny

    That sixth foul on Pierce was garbage. THIS IS A DISGRACE!!!

  • CelticsBIG3

    Stiemsma had 4 or 5 rebounds last check on the box score i saw

    • The Cardinal

      Nope, he had all zero's unless you count the two consecutive grabbing fouls he made, which defied any logic. I'm sorry, but his grade should be an F- (and I'm not kidding). When Greg is bad, he really looks like a D-leaguer or worse.

  • srb

    #iamarondo

  • rajon's headband

    dooling should get a B+ cause he definitely got a hand on Jrue's drive at the end that eventually deflected off of his foot and went out

  • janos

    Is very good game, articles, comment;, friends.

    I am full happy right now.

  • ripsonics

    apparently +/- doesnt mean anything because Ray had the highest on the team at +19

    • Ryan DeGama

      Single game +/- means pretty little, absent context.

      • High Rollers

        I got your context right here. The three biggest three-bomb-boogies of the game were shot by one Ray Allen and one Rajon I'm the Most Interesting Man in the World Rondo. You have to want it, no matter how many times you've failed, and you have to come through. Plus, it's nice to have KG as your spine. A really nice thing to have. janos, I'm still full happy and a night and half a day have passed already. I'm glad we play tomorrow night. I think there will still be some full happy on display. Razor sharp otherworldly full happy. The cream of the cream, as KG put it.

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