One divo lifting up another.
The Celtics locker room has a name for Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett. They are called the Two Divos - which I believe must be the masculine form of the word "divas." It fits too. They are super talented and incredibly odd to the point of coming off as prima donnas. Yet, when the lights are on, they usually shine the brightest.
Random Rajon Rondo is never going to be typecast. Just when you think you've got him figured out, he'll defiantly go the other direction.
These were not midrange jumpers, and they were made by a guard who has shot 24.1 percent from the three-point line across six regular seasons. After finishing a layup while driving under a Garnett screen (73-68), Rondo swished a jumper at the end of the shot clock that looked like a three before a video review ruled it a two-pointer (75-68). Then, as if to avoid further scrutiny, he stepped into a shovel pass from Brandon Bass to launch a three from at least a yard behind the arc (78-68). The shot may have been atypical, but its audacity was routine for Rondo.
As for Kevin Garnett, he has more miles on his tires than just about anyone else in the game and they've all been hard, intense miles. So you would understand if he just didn't have enough left. But he keeps fighting through and fighting on.
Garnett looked taxed late in the third quarter tonight. Despite only playing 27 minutes through three quarters, it was a grueling 27 minutes for Garnett. He had 13 points, 12 rebounds and it was his shot at the buzzer that restored a three-point lead for the Celtics after three quarters. Yet with the season on the line, it was clear once Garnett checked in with a little more than two minutes left in the third quarter that he was going to be asked to go the rest of the way – and be effective in doing it – if the Celtics were going to be going to Miami the next afternoon.
And those two divos are the main reason why the Celtics are headed to South Beach instead of some other beach for the summer.