With 2:10 remaining on the game clock, Celtics power forward Brandon Bass sets a monster screen for Rajon Rondo, the point guard pulled up for a noteworthy 25-foot three pointer to seal the deal 85-75, and retrieve an Eastern Conference Finals berth on Saturday night.
This game was nothing but attractive from the commencement for both teams, once again. There was a sensation in the TD Garden atmosphere that this game would go down to the last couple of minutes.
“We talked before the game, I said ‘guys this game is going to be a tough defensive battle and will go down to the last stretch,’” Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers commented after the game.
A heartbreaker was potentially manufacturing when Celtics captain Paul Pierce, who finished with 15 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, after fouling out of the game with roughly four minutes enduring. With a feeling someone had to step up brewing, the general of the troops became the young and high-spirited Rondo. Coincidentally, Rondo had a masterful game dropping another triple-double 18 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds.
Once more, Kevin Garnett had another dominating game posting 18 points, 13 rebounds, and two steals, and defensively made the Sixers’ big men work hard for their baskets.
Don’t shy away from Doug Collins’ team. The 76ers throughout the whole series was a very resilient group. Whenever the Celtics had a surge of baskets, Andre Iguodala or Jrue Holiday would come battling back.
The away team was pungent throughout the whole game whether it was double teaming small forward Paul Pierce (which they have done all series) or constructing Evan Turner on veteran shooting guard Ray Allen.
Philadelphia made consecutive runs to keep breathing but when it was all said and done Allen arguably hit one of the prevalent threes of his 15-year career. Aside from his two threes, he did struggle persistently recording 3-11 from the field and 2-7 from downtown.
If there is anything the Sixers should take away from this game is a promising future. They are a very gutty and young team that don’t give up when their backs are against the wall.
Now if you are the Celtics, the next obstacle in their path to the NBA championship is the Miami Heat. “The Dynamic Duo” will be the biggest test of the “Big Three plus Rondo” era.
The setting is set to Miami for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.