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"A-B-C. A-always, B-be, C-closing. Always be closing! Always be closing!!" - Glengarry Glen Ross

  • Regular season stats for Rondo:  10.6 pts., 5.1 ast., 1.68 stl.
    Postseason stats for Rondo: 12.6 pts., 8 ast., 2.2 stl.
    I love it when a guy steps up his game for the postseason.  Especially when its his first postseason ever.
  • The Atlanta crowd will be fired up.  The Hawks will be confident playing where they beat the Celtics twice already.  The Celtics have a one game cushion with the comfort of knowing that they'll play at home in game 7 if they falter.  There's a ton of reasons why this could go in the Hawks favor.  But it won't.  The better team will win.
  • It all boils down to closing out the opponent.  In game 4 the Celtics had a 10 point lead going into the 4th quarter and couldn't put it away.  In game 5 they had a big lead early, withstood a run by the Hawks, then put their foot down and put the Hawks away.  You can't let up on a talented team like the Hawks.  You have to (metaphorically) push them down and step on their neck.  You can't fall back into prevent defense.  You have to keep playing the aggressive style of play that got you the lead in the first place.

"Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired." - Glengarry Glen Ross