Some final thoughts on last night's game before we move on to preparing for game 6.
- Doc's catch phrase from a couple games ago was "hero shots." As in, "we don't need to be taking 'hero shots,' just move the ball and trust your teammates to score within the system." While I agree with the principle that one person can't try to win the game all by themselves, I will note that every once in a while it helps to have a player step up and say "I'll take the shot."
- You could make the arguement that Rondo's two 3 pointers were not really "hero shots" because he was wide, wide open and only a cowardly lion would pass up a shot like that. Still, most Celtics fans are well aware of the fact that Rondo only took a total of 19 shots from beyond the arc all season. Make no mistake, taking those shots took ginormous ...guts. And the timing of them couldn't have been more perfect. Even Doc had to admire them, saying "Those were shots that when they go in, you love them."
- For all the praise we heap on this team's stars for being so unselfish, sacrificing personal stats and passing out of double teams, it is nice to see that at least one guy on the team doesn't back down from an opportunity to seize control of a game and say "I will not let this moment pass without sticking my neck out to help us win."
To quote Bonnie Tyler:
I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ‘til the end of the night
He’s gotta be strong
And he’s gotta be fast
And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ‘til the morning light
He’s gotta be sure
And it’s gotta be soon
And he’s gotta be larger than life