Does this ever look like a mismatch! Kevin Garnett had one of his best games of the season with 26 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 4 blocks. Rondo and KG connected on 2 spectacular alley oops which seems to becoming one of their regular plays.
Paul Pierce had just 16 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block. But he didn't have to be dominant on the scoring end because everyone else picked up the slack. He also played defense on Danny Granger who had scored 31 against the Lakers and held him to 20 points.
In spite of big games by Ray, Perk, and KG, Rondo was the story of the game. He finished with the first triple double for a Celtic since 2006 and the first for a Celtic guard since DJ did it in 1987. His final line was 16 points, 13 rebounds, 17 assists, and 3 steals. Anyone who still doubts this kid take notice. He is for real and is just going to get better. He definitely got the best of TJ Ford who finished with 15 points and 8 assists.
If it wasn't for Rondo's spectacular game, Ray Allen would have been the player of the game. He was hitting from everywhere and finished with 31 points and 4 assists.
This game went so well, even Patrick O'Bryant got some playing time. He finished with 2 points and 3 rebounds in 4 minutes or play. Not bad. I still think there is hope for this kid.
Rondo is one of the best rebounding point guards in the NBA. He consistently out leaped and outsmarted much taller players to get the rebounds. And one thing is for sure, when Rondo gets the ball, you better take off quickly because he is about to make something good happen on the other end.
Perk welcomes Rondo as he leaves the court. Perk had a pretty good game himself with a double double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist. He also made it very uncomfortable for the Pacers to venture into the paint. Best of all, Perk played over 28 minutes without one technical foul.
The bench was short handed with Tony Allen sitting out to rest his ankle and with the dominance of the starters, they didn't need to take over. Leon Powe finished with 2 points and 5 rebounds and once again had a monster dunk on a put back. Big Baby had 2 points and 1 rebound. Scal was 1-4 for 3 points. Eddie House was 0-4 with 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 5 fouls. Gabe Pruitt was active again for this game after a bout with the flu that keep him on the inactive list for two games.
In the post game interview, Rondo clearly had a fat lip. He collided with TJ Ford earlier in the game and had to leave the game for a few minutes afterward.
Now, that's a game face!!!
And, you really have to wonder what KG is saying here.