This game was anticipated as a test for Rondo against another of the top PG's in the league. I'd have to say Rondo won this one handily as he finished with 25 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals. Williams was not even close with 15 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals. When asked if Williams' ankle could have slowed him down, Rondo said there were no excuses since his back hurts and he was playing with a strained Achilles himself. Rondo's performance was a hot topic in the post game press conference where Pierce called him a little Speedy Gonzalez out there on the court and KG made it clear that Rondo is not the guy you want to play HORSE with.
With Eddie House out of town due to a death in the family, Gabe Pruitt got the nod and scored 8 points including two 3 pointers along with 1 steal.
Kevin Garnett filled up the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
Paul Pierce finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. The entire Celtics Nation held it's breath as Pierce went down at the end of the game clutching his knee after Okur fell on it. He was helped off the court by Big Baby and Leon Powe as he limped to the locker room. But, he came out for the post game press conference and said that he didn't plan on getting tests on it and that it was a little sore but it was going to be ok. He didn't feel that it went back that far and he was able to put weight on it.
The officiating in this game had a lot of us scratching our heads. They were allowing a lot of contact one moment and calling ticky tack fouls the next. Even though it was a home game, I thought the Celtics got the worst of it, but there were bad calls on both sides. Poor Tommy was beside himself with the bad calls and no calls. It was a badly officiated game.
Big Baby once again got more playing time than Leon and played well. He finished with 4 points and 5 rebounds. Leon finished with 1 point and 1 rebound and was the recipient of several of those bad calls.
Perk was a beast in this game with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists. He had one rebound and put back in traffic that prompted Tanguay to excitedly yell "Perk is a Man!!!"
Tony Allen continued his up and down play shooting 0-3 and finishing with 1 point, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. One thing that Posey brought that Tony still has to develop is consistency.
Ray Allen had a fairly quiet night with 12 points on 4-9 shooting to go with 3 rebounds and 1 block.
At times it seemed as though it was 1 on 5 as Rondo Beat everyone down the court and finished with an assortment of circus shots. This game showed that as goes Rondo so go the Celtics. In the first quarter, Rondo was aggressive and the Celtics finished the quarter up 12. In the second quarter, Rondo wasn't as aggressive and the teams finished the half tied. Rondo went back to being aggressive in the second half, giving the Celtics the win.