2010 NBA Playoffs: Why Game Three Is a Must Win for the Boston Celtics

May 20th, 2010 by Stew Winkel Leave a reply »
Some might say it is an overstatement to label a Game Three on the home court of a team that is leading in the series 2-0 as a "must win."

Most times, they would be right.

But right now, in this series, in these playoffs, and for these Boston Celtics, Game Three is exactly that.

A must win.

Here are some numbers why.

768: The number of minutes played by Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen over the last five games.

34, 34, 32: The ages of Allen, Garnett, and Pierce, respectively.

8: The total number of minutes Rondo has sat on the bench in four of the last five games (discounting the blowout win in Cleveland in Game Five).

3: The total number of field goals made by Pierce, Allen, and Garnett in the fourth quarters of Games One and Two against Orlando.

24: Boston has outscored the Magic in Games One and Two by 24 points over the first three quarters combined.

17: Orlando has outscored the Celtics in ...

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