Rondo Clutch in OT Win Against Heat

Rondo’s Return Sparks Celtic Road Win

Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat, 112-106

Boston showed their championship mettle last night against countless adversity in Miami. The Celtics were down big in the 4th quarter before going on a 21-6 run to take the lead. The final minute of the game was wild beyond belief. Miami’s defense was able to shut down the Celtics twice in the waning seconds of the game. They forced a terrible shot by Paul Pierce, and followed that up with a clutch jumper by Jermaine O’Neal to narrow the gap to 2. After Dwayne Wade tied the game with 2 free throws, the Celtics drew up a play for Ray Allen, only to have the ball stolen and dunked by the aforementioned Wade to help put the Heat up 2 with 0.6 seconds remaining. Now, say what you will about Doc Rivers: he can’t coach defense; he isn’t that good a coach; he throws his players under the bus; his voice always sounds like he has bronchitis; whatever you say, you can’t take away that he is great at two things: 1. He is a great speaker and communicator, especially with the media, and 2. He is one of the best X’s and O’s coaches in the league. The man is an offensive genius, and he always puts his players in a position to win the game if their is time alotted. The only thing they have to do is execute. On January 6th, 2010, Rajon Rondo returned from injury to help the Celtics avoid defeat. Rondo made a game-tying layup as the clock expired, forcing the game into overtime. In overtime, the freakish athlete made two clutch shuts in the lane to help put the stamp on a 25-point, 8-assist night(Does Rondo remind anyone else of Starvin’ Marvin from “South Park”? That guy is way too skinny to be an NBA player, or to be alive). Every Celtic in the starting lineup played well against the Heat, and they needed it. Wade turned in a monster game, making defenders look silly on his way to 44 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. He didn’t have a great shooting night from the field or the free throw line, but he did make the plays when they needed them the most. The Celtics improve to 26-8, while the Heat fall to 17-17.

Rajon Rondo apparently missed games recently due to his bout with Anorexia Nervosa.

Raptors Eat the Rabbit in the Magic Hat

Toronto Raptors @ Orlando Magic, 108-103

These two teams have been headed in opposite directions as of late. The Raptors, historically known for faltering, have been on a tear as of late, winning 7 of their last 8 contests, with their only loss coming against the Boston Celtics. The Magic, meanwhile, have been losing to any team that takes the floor opposite them. It looks like Stan Van Gundy may have heard my criticism of him as Dwight Howard finally broke out of his slump and scored 20 points for the first time since 2009(I know that it wasn’t that long ago, but it makes it sound like it has been an eternity). However, Dwight attempted more free throws(11) than he did field goals(10), which normally wouldn’t be a bad thing if he didn’t take so few shots. Credit him for passing 20 on only 10 shots as that shows remarkable efficiency, but the man still needs to get his shots. Rashard Lewis can’t be blamed for the loss, having turned in an excellent performance. Lewis totaled 24 points while knocking down 5-10 shots from distance, and also amassed 5 steals. It wasn’t enough to overcome the Raptors’ Beat You by Commission plan, which worked to perfection as each of their 5 starters reached double digits in points, including one bench player. If Toronto continues to stay hot, look out for them to climb up in the Eastern Conference standings, which currently look like this.

Wizards are Latest Victims of the Akron Hammer

Washington Wizards @ Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-121

Did anybody else see LeBron’s behind the basket shot? That was such a stupid shot, I am mad that he made it. He was double-teamed, could have easily passed it off, but instead chose to fade out of bounds and take an ill-advised shot over the backboard that just so happened to go in. He wasn’t even pressed for time! Stupid shot. On the flip side, WHAT A SHOT. Ill-advised or not, that was, as Stu Lantz or Dr. Cox from “Scrubs” would say, NOIIICE. The Cavaliers destroyed the Arenas-less Wizards, proving yet again that no rivalry exists between the two ball clubs, as the Wizards have yet to defeat Cleveland on a consistent basis. LeBron had an efficent 23 points on 7 of 12 shooting complete with 7 rebounds and 8 assists.

Lakers Clipped in Hallway Game

Los Angeles Lakers @ Los Angeles Clippers, 91-102

I spend way too much time talking about the Lakers, so I’ll try to keep this one short(mostly because we lost). I like how in all the sports shows they talked about how the Clippers played better and looked for reasons why this happened. I’ll give you one that wasn’t mentioned at once, but made me cringe when I saw it: Lamar Odom’s horrible interview after the Lakers beat the Rockets on Tuesday night. When asked if it felt like an away game at all, Lamar said that it doesn’t because when he looks up he sees all the banners from purple and gold, and it doesn’t feel bad at all. He said some pretty disrespectful things, including the demeanor he used(similar to how Laker fans treat Clipper fans, acting extremely dismissive of the futile attempts of their younger sibling. By the way, has anybody other than me and my friends noticed how bad of an interviewee Lamar is? I feel bad for Patrick O’Neal and John Ireland. The guy never makes eye contact, often looking around in all directions, talks slow like Shaq, and says the word “um” more than he turns the ball over. That’s A LOT.). You think the Clippers didn’t use that as motivation? Come on now. Baron Davis was animated all game, and he’s a guy I’ve seen coast through games far too often while wearing that Clipper uni. BD finished with 25 points and 10 assists, acting as the catalyst in their upset victory over the Lakers. It was clear from the get-go that they wanted this one, and they took it. Kobe struggled to get his shot going all night, having one of those games(10 of 30 shooting). Eric Gordon did a great job defending him, rarely biting on Kobe’s patented upfakes. He stayed in front of him, forcing a lot of contested jumpers, and got great help from his team defensively, which helped keep the Kobester out of the paint. Great win, guys. Great win.

Time for Quick Rounds

San Antonio appears to have righted the ship, somewhat. They’re well above .500 now and are smack dab in the middle of the Western Conference playoff picture.

Utah got a quality win against a surging Grizzlies squad. They did so while missing their star point guard who was out with an injury, and while rookie swingman Wesley Matthews missed a wide open dunk. Awesome.

Atlanta finally ended their losing skid against the woeful New Jersey Nets. If anybody wants to ever get a pick-me-up, avoid energy drinks, just play against the Nets. It’s a guaranteed win. In fact, I could totally see their team being used as a deterrent for drugs.

“Life got ya’ down? Need something to help you relax, or take the edge off things? Come to New Jersey and play 5-on-5 against the hometown Nets! We guarantee you success, or we’ll give you your money back!” sounds like a bad infomercial.

Till next time.

P.S. Don’t expect to hear me soundoff on the Gilbert Arenas situation.

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One Response to “Rondo Clutch in OT Win Against Heat”

  1. Taylor Says:

    That picture of Rondo is disgusting.

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