Rajon Rondo put on one of the best performances in NBA playoff history last night. He scored 44 points 8 rebounds and 10 assists but, that was not good enough as the Celtics lost to Miami 105-101 in overtime. I have talked about making adjustments in the playoffs and Boston’s Doc Rivers made a big one. He decided to make Rondo the number one option in the offense and the big three of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce secondary options. This makes sense because the Heat have players that can somewhat defend the big three but, they still have a weakness in defending elite point guards such as Rondo.
The game itself was a somewhat choppy foul filled game. A lot of people were criticizing the Celtics for the amount of fouls they had. Yes, there were some stupid fouls by the Celtics but, you defend with your feet and the Celtics do not have the athletic ability to defend the Heat. It showed in overtime as Rivers played a disguised zone and Dwayne Wade and LeBron James cut it up. Now the series switches to Boston and it will be interesting to see if the Celtics have enough energy to come back after such a disappointing loss. In these types of games you will know early if Boston has enough left in the tank to win game three. It would be good strategy for Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to push the tempo in the first quarter to test the resolve of the ageing Celtics.
The Western Conference final resumes to tonight as San Antonio hits the road against Oklahoma City. This will be the biggest road test for the Spurs during their unbelievable winning streak. The Crowds in Oklahoma City resemble the ones to you see in college arenas and they get the Thunder jacked up. The one plus for the Spurs they have been here before. The Thunder has to get more from their big men especially on the offense. That will put pressure on Tim Duncan to defend and he is no spring chicken anymore.
In last night’s NBA Draft Lottery the New Orleans Hornets won the first pick in the draft. There is no doubt the Hornets will select Kentucky’s Anthony Davis as the first pick. The Hornets future is looking bright this is because the return of injured guard Eric Gordon along with backcourt mate Jarrett Jack will give Davis a set of veteran guards to take a lot of pressure off of him. The Hornets also have the tenth pick in a deep draft.
The Los Angeles Kings won game one in the Stanley Cup finals 2-1 in overtime over the New Jersey Devils. This win was big because it came in game one on the Devils home ice and in overtime. The Kings just keep rolling along.
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