Rasheed Wallace was not 100% and did not score a point. Tony Allen also pitched a shutout. Big Baby was not all the way back from his concussion but manged 6 pts and 7 big rebounds in just 17 minutes. But on this night the Bench made a huge contribution because of the play of the games smallest player. (nice acquisition by Danny the dealer)
5 Foot 8 inch Nate Robinson (he claims he is 5-9 but, sorry, no way) was immense and managed to be immense in just a 9 minute span in the 2nd quarter. Rajon Rondo told me after the game that Nate was the difference in the game because of his play in the 2nd quarter while Rondo was nursing a sore backside after a fall.
In the 2nd quarter Nate the Great was 4 for 7 from the field including 2 for 4 from 3 point land and made 3 for 4 free throws giving him 13 points making him the teams leading scorer at halftime. Not Bad. Robinson told me after the game that good things come to those who wait and he had been waiting, patiently. Robinson’s defense on Jameer Nelson was just as impressive.
Now let’s not forget Paul Pierce. The Celtics Captain had 31 points and 13 rebounds. Ray Allen had 20 points. And the Celtics trademark defense was up to the task especially on Orlando point guard Jameer Nelson.
Now the Celtics get some much needed rest, in fact 5 days until they start the Finals next Thursday night on Channel 5. Rajon Rondo admitted that he needs the rest after taking a hard fall in the 1st quarter. He wasn’t the same the rest of the game scoring just 2 points after the fall after scoring 12 in the 1st quarter. Rasheed needs the rest. Marquis Daniels needs the rest.
Celtics- enjoy a nice restful Memorial day weekend. You deserve it.