Perk definitely won this round with Greg Oden. Perk finished with another double double of 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists. Oden was in foul trouble much of the game and finished with just 5 points, 6 rebounds and fouled out for the first time in his young career.
Rondo was once again impressive with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals and continued to have his way on the court. He had some beautiful assists including another alley oop to KG and he also hit a 3 to beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter. Hear that crunching sound? It is Gary Payton eating his words.
Pierce had another sub-par game with 13 points and 4 rebounds. But then again, they didn't need him to take over the game. You have to feel that if he was needed, he would come through as he has so many times. There was a lot of trash talk between Pierce and Roy though.
If you saw these two guys waiting for you in the paint, would you be feel confident going at them? Perk is taking his game to another level and was quite beastly in this one. KG finished this game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists.
Ray had a solid game with 19 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist. It seems that when the team needs a big basket, Ray is there to hit one.
This game was very physical. The Blazers were determined not to let the Celtics push them around. Amazingly, the Celtics didn't gather any more technicals in this game.
Big Baby had a tough game. The starters built a big lead and Doc put the subs in to finish the game. But when the Blazers bench had cut a 25 point lead down to 11, Doc had to put the starters back in. KG seemed to be running the huddle and grabbed Big Baby and pulled him into the huddle and had some words with him that resulted in Big Baby living up to his nickname and ending up on the end of the bench in tears. I hope that Big Baby can learn and grow from this experience and not let it hinder his growth. Intensity is a good thing, but when you make your teammates cry, maybe it is time to mellow a little.
Patrick O'Bryant and Pruitt each played about 4 minutes with O'Bryant pulling down 2 rebounds. Leon Powe was the only player off the bench who had a good game finishing with 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. Eddie House finished with 3 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists. Big Baby finished with just 2 rebounds. Scal also finished with just 2 rebounds. The bench definitely needs more contributions from everyone. Leon did his job, but that was about it.
In spite of the bench struggles, this was a solid 93-78 win against the team with the second best record in the Western conference and an up and coming very talented team.
Quick... who's missing? When they took the team picture before the game, Rondo was stuck in traffic and missed out on the picture. But, they took a picture of him by himself and will somehow photoshop him into the picture.