The gloves have been taken off in this Celtics-Orlando series as last night Dwight Howard took down Paul Pierce on a hard foul to Pierce’s shoulder and face. After Pierce regained his senses he briefly took a step toward Howard but Pierce and the Celtics held their composure and won the game 95-92 but Dwight Howard can expect a very unfriendly greeting Saturday night from the Garden crowd.
So this win puts the Celtics up 2 games to none. Not only have the Celtics never lost a playoff series after winning the 1st 2 games of a series, but the Celtics have Never won the 1st 2 games of a series on the road so there is reason to allow the scouting of the L-A Lakers to begin in earnest.
A Big reason that everyone is already looking ahead to a Finals between the Celtics and the Lakers(who are only up 1-0 in their best of 7 playoff series against Phoenix) is because the Celtics and the Lakers have the 2 best players in the playoffs and they are Kobe, of course, and Rajon Rondo.
These playoffs have simply been Rondo’s official coming out party. I thought Rondo would not be able to embarrass Orlando point guard Jameer Nelson like Rondo did to Cleveland’s Mo Williams. I was wrong. Last night Rondo took over the game when he needed to -in crunch time. He was, simply, unstoppable, again! 25 points 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Rondo is putting on one of the greatest individual shows in NBA playoff history.
Yes, there is still some unfinished business against the Orlando Magic. The Celtics might even lose a game, but I doubt it. The Celtics have 4 days to rest before game #3. The Magic have 4 days to think about and hear about how they lost the 1st 2 games. That can serve as powerful motivation. Paul Pierce said last night that the Garden crowd will not allow the Celtics have a left down. See you Saturday night.