That's right Detroit. We have our own annoying chant. Get used to it. You Got Rondo'd.
For really the first time this year, Rondo played a fantastic game. Attacking the basket, active on defense, really just what we all remembered from the playoffs (home games only).
This turned into a laugher on the strength of the third quarter which saw the Celtics open a 9 point lead to 20. This one should help that anemic point differential that the C's are sporting right now.
Some random notes:
- Out of the box, the Celts did not play well, trailing by 9 very early on.
- Once again, Tony Allen played very, very well versus the Pistons. Solid D and a couple of dunks. At one point TA drove baseline and attempted a vicious cram over two Pistons. He was fouled on the play, but the message was clear. TA was in full on Salmon and Mashed mode. More of that please Tony.
- Leon also played very well. Quite frankly, he's a monster in the post. I don't know who can guard him. His usual ramming-it-low post game and glass handy-work was also supplemented by an unbelievable one-handed stuff on Prince.
- Eddie House went 3-4 from downtown. Yes please.
- POB got some burn. Umm...he's quite raw. He had a nice turnaround jumper. Had a second turnaround stuffed back in his face and got a cheap dunk on a dime from Scals. Really all I was left thinking was those who were clamoring for more burn from POB should really re-think that position.
- PP, RA, KG all played too. They were ok I guess. They all played less than 30 minutes which is in my opinion the best stat in the box score
- Only 12 turnovers (+4 on the night). The Celts shot just under 50% for the night, and the Pistons were at 42% however that was aided by some sustained gar-bage time.
|Kevin Garnett, PF||25||6-10||0-0||3-4||2||2||4||2||3||0||0||0||15|
|Paul Pierce, SF||28||2-9||1-3||4-4||1||3||4||3||1||0||1||2||9|
|Kendrick Perkins, C||26||1-2||0-0||0-0||1||9||10||1||0||0||1||2||2|
|Ray Allen, SG||24||3-7||1-3||5-6||0||1||1||2||0||0||2||2||12|
|Rajon Rondo, PG||26||7-11||1-1||3-4||0||1||1||8||3||0||2||4||18|
|Eddie House, SG||15||4-7||3-4||0-1||0||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||11|
|Brian Scalabrine, PF||11||1-3||1-2||0-0||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||3|
|Tony Allen, SG||28||6-7||0-0||1-2||2||4||6||1||3||2||2||1||13|
|Leon Powe, PF||18||2-4||0-0||3-7||3||4||7||0||0||1||1||0||7|
|Glen Davis, PF||20||1-6||0-0||0-0||1||3||4||2||0||1||0||4||2|
|Gabe Pruitt, PG||12||1-4||0-1||0-0||0||2||2||1||0||0||2||2||2|
|Patrick O'Bryant, C||6||2-3||0-0||0-0||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||4|
|49.3%||50.0%||67.9%||Team TO (pts off): 13 (17)|
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