Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Well it’s safe to say that The 2011 Boston Celtics are still a work in progress. After an excellent showing at home against Miami, Boston walked into an ambush in Cleveland. The Cavaliers, lead by 21-year-old forward J.J. Hickson, looked anything but intimidated against Boston.
After going blow for blow through the first quarter, Boston seemed to be taking control halfway through the second. But Cleveland continued to make the hustle plays, grab the tough rebounds, and convert the second chance baskets. It’s clear that these guys were done crying about the loss of their former King.
Now let’s get to Boston. It seemed as if The Celtics were almost always out of position. The O’Neal Twins were consistently late on rotations, everyone outside of KG seemed uninspired when boxing out, and the second quarter was the place to be for scorers missing bunnies.
All that being said, the game was tied with three minutes remaining. The Boston Three Party were held to just 2 points in the 4th quarter after pitching in 16 just one-night prior. This game came down to which team could make the big play in the end. Hindsight suggests that Anthony Parker’s quick 3-pointer was just that type of play. Give Cleveland credit, they earned this one.
(Despite the loss, there were a couple bright spots as far as Boston is concerned.)
1. Glen Davis appears to be the real deal. Glen is scoring efficiently from all over, and then continuing to make shots even in crunch time. Davis has also gained a reputation for being on of the best at drawing charges. If he keeps it up Davis might be able to find himself in 6th Man of The Year discussions.
2. Kevin Garnett grabbed 15 rebounds. This is the most he’s grabbed since January of 2009. Only one of them was on the offensive glass but it’s still a sight for sore eyes. Once his offense gets back into the flow The Big Ticket will be in full effect.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
On a night full of Big Threes, it was a fifth year point guard who made the biggest impact. Rondo once again played his roll of “puppet master” to absolute perfection. His mark of 17 assists was two more than Miami’s entire team, and absolutely obliterated Lebron’s total of 3. It’s not often that a player scores 4 points and is so clearly dominating the game.
Due to his pedestrian outside shot and low scoring numbers, Rajon hardly ever is recognized as the games best point guard, but don’t let the skeptics fool you. Like Jason Kidd and John Stockton before him, Rondo is the type of player who would easily choose 20 assists over 20 points. He gives the game what it needs, if you need a big rebound to seal the game, or a clutch steal to ensure victory, he’s the type of guy that miraculously comes up with the play. In a starting lineup that features four 1st Ballot Hall of Famers, isn’t that the type of guy you want distributing the rock?
This season look for Rajon to break The Boston Celtic assist record that he set just last year. Rondo will also earn his second All-Star selection, as his reputation throughout the NBA is rock solid.
18-year veteran Shaquille O’Neal has quoted the late great coach John Wooden when describing Rajon, “the definition of a great player is one who makes the players around him better, Rajon does that”, said Shaq. And it’s not only Rondo’s teammates who have expressed their feelings on the subject. Hall of Famers Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn, Dave Cowens, John Havlicek, Kevin McHale, and even Magic Johnson have praised the 24-year-old All-Star. Some of which have even set aside his place in the Hall right there next to them. Needless to say… we obviously have something special on our hands.
Rajon Rondo and the Super Celtics continue their quest for Banner 18 tonight against the Cavaliers. Let’s just see how heated that Cleveland-Boston rivalry is after The King’s big decision.