It was an epic battle of the point guards today. Derrick Rose shut me, and all my talk about a rookie wilting in the spotlight, up with 36 points and 11 assists in 50 minutes. Rajon Rondo had 29 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists… but other than that, the Celtics flat out sucked offensively, and it cost them. The Bulls take game 1, 105-103.
Ray Allen had his worst game of the season, scoring 4 points on 1-11 shooting. Pierce was 8-20 for 23 points, but a lot of it came courtesy of a play we haven’t seen in a while (for good reason), Paul Pierce posting his guy up about 40 feet from the basket, then turning and making a 1-on-1 move. Not to mention, Pierce had a chance to put the C’s up 1 with 2.6 seconds left and Chicago without any time outs, but he missed the free throw.
Chicago did a great job defending the basket. They played with a ton more energy. The Celtics played like crap. Doc summed it up:
“There was no ball movement. It just looked like everybody decided that they were gonna be The Man tonight.”
I guess if you wanted to take an optimistic approach, the Bulls beat the Celtics by 2 in overtime… and it took a God-like performance from Derrick Rose and crappy performances from Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. What are the odds that both of those things happen again?