Thursday, May 07, 2009
HOUSE OF PAIN
I'm writing this recap of the Celtics game a bit late, so I'm probably the 1,000,000th person to use a horrible pun with the word "House" in it, but I could care less.
Orlando continued their lackluster play, which began in Game 1 when they let a 28 point lead dwindle to 3. This time, the Celtics didn't have to dig themselves out of a hole, they got to put Orlando in one.
In the playoffs, you need to get gamebreaking performances from unlikely sources, at least once or twice per series. Last night, Eddie House provided. 31 points off the bench, 4 for 4 in 3 pointers, 11/14 from the field. A vital 28 minutes from Eddie.
Rajon Rondo had yet another triple doubles, 15 points, 18 assists, 11 rebounds. After a sleepy night in Game 1, Rajon woke the F up. His third triple-double in the postseason. National Basketball Association, I introduce you to someone you've been ignoring: Rajon Rondo.
Ray Allen found his legs again, he was 7 for 15 from the field, with 22 points.
Scalabrine continues to have a good series, 8 points, 3 rebounds, +11. Not bad at all.
Orlando just doesn't scare me, and they never have. Their coaching is questionable, Howard is containable, Redick is a college player lost in the NBA. They just aren't a frightening playoff team.
I think they'll put up a fight down in Disney, but the Celtics should come back to Boston with a 3-1 lead, and I think if this series lasts longer than 6 games, it will be a miracle for the Magic.
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