I watched last night’s game and saw the Pistons have their way with a lack luster Celtics team for three and a half quarters. In a game that seemed like nobody wanted to win, I kept thinking, here we go again. I have seen this happen too many times. The Celtics of the past would either lead for 40 minutes and then lose or come out of the gate sluggish and lose to a lesser team.
That was until Shaq took the team on his back and willed the team to victory. Watching Shaq take over the game was amazing, you could see the life drain from the Pistons as the C’s engineered a 9-1 run in the 4th to take their first lead of the game.
Ray Allen was ice cold all night, but came up with a huge bucket with 25 seconds left. Paul Pierce led the scoring with 22 points, but the night was about rebounding. Shaq and Rondo came up with huge late offensive rebounds that helped swing the game in the C’s favor. Championship teams do the little things to win and the Celtics did them last night.
Down the stretch you just had a feeling they were going to win and how can you not think this on a nightly basis. This team has four future hall of famers on the team and they just need one of them to step up at least once a week to pull off games like this. Ray Allen was 2-8 from the field and missed all of his three point attempts, Rondo only had 8 assists and KG was 5-14 from the field…and they still WON!!! How many teams can overcome this type of play from their stars? Not many, Shaq’s 12 and 12 may not look like an overpowering stat line, but it was the timeliness of his points and rebounds that mattered most.
I am excited about this season and and cannot wait until the next game against Utah. Who is going to step up next?