There’s no doubt Paul Pierce was the hero of last night’s win over the Heat. He’s “a killer,” according to Stephon Marbury. But what about Rondo?
47 minutes, 27 pts, 11-20 FG, 3 reb, 10 assists, 2 TO
A point guard committing two turnovers in 47 minutes is absurd. And with Ray out of the game, Rondo made it clear he would pick up the slack on offense by taking a career high 20 shots. Is it me or does Rajon look more confident taking that 17-foot jumper over the past week? This kid (he’s freakin’ 23) has me drooling over his potential.
We learn this morning that KG will travel with the team to San Antonio and Memphis. But that’s not a guarantee he will play. The defense has been rather porous over the past two games (Bulls – 127 pts, 53% FG; Heat – 108 pts, 47%) and we all know why:
“Just having his presence out there means so much for the defense,” Pierce said, “the way he covers the floor, the way he yells and talks on each possession. I mean, Kevin is basically everything for our defense – the Defensive Player of the Year– one of the greatest players to ever play the game, and when you lose a piece like that, of course you’re going to lose something defensively. But the guys that are in there have to make up for it. There’s only one Kevin Garnett so these guys have to do the best they can.”
It’s a just a hunch but I say KG will play Saturday night. I can’t imagine he would play in both games. Playing him against the Spurs, then sitting him in Memphis would be disruptive to Garnett and the team’s “rhythm.” Playing him Saturday (with an off day Sunday) keeps it simple. At least in my warped mind.
With the additions of Mikki Moore, Stephon Marbury and guys coming back from injury, the remaining few weeks of the season could like look training camp.
Today’s Links: Globe – Gain to Go with Pain | Rivers Looking Out for No. 2 | Pierce Takes Charge | Herald – Celts Do Bang Up Job | Baby Takes Step Back to Health | Full House in Trainer’s Room | Kobe Jury Duty | Patriot Ledger – It’s Obvious What’s Missing
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