The Spurs visited Beantown last night and came out victorious. They embarrassed the Celtics in their own territory by being dominant on both ends of the floor. The Spurs beat the Celtics 112-100 in a game that was much less competitive than the Final score indicates.
Rajon Rondo had 22 points and 15 assists against Tony Parker who dropped 26 points on only 15 shots. Tim Duncan added 20 points and 15 rebounds to that and helped close the Celtics out in the waning moments of the game.
Rondo didn’t get much help out of anyone other than Paul Pierce who had 19 points on 11 shots. Jason Terry had 10 points in the first quarter but slowed down and only scored two more points in the rest of the game.
The Celtics were once again torched on the defensive end. The Spurs shot 58% from the field and killed the Celtics from beyond the arch shooting 50% from there. Boston was killed on the pick and roll all night long. Either the Spurs were skipping passes into the corner for open looks from three, or Tiago Splitter, who had 22 points of his own, was waiting at the rim for an easy look.
The Celtics are weak defensively on the wings right now. They don’t know the rotations of this defense and it shows in the game. When covering the pick and roll, the on ball guard and the big are overcompensating for what’s going on with the perimeter players. Guarding the pick and roll is a five man thing and right now only two of the Celtics are doing it.
Rondo needs to be more aggressive throughout the games as well. If he played hard for all of the time that he played tonight Boston could’ve won this game. He scored 18 points and had 10 assists in the second half. That’s what we need to see every time Rondo touches the floor.
On a positive note, Rondo extended his assist streak to 35. He’s closing in on John Stockton’s streak of 37 and Magic Johnson’s streak of 46. Hopefully he can accomplish this without hurting the team at all.