NBA Playoffs 2012: Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo Becomes Paul Pierce to Vault C’s

May 26th, 2012 by Ezra Skobeloff Leave a reply »
The NBA playoffs are times when basketball players showcase some incredible, and sometimes surprising, things. Boston Celtics' guard Rajon Rondo turned in another one of those performances on Saturday night. Rondo may have had a historic stat line, but the legendary play really started with 4:16 left in Game 7 when Paul Pierce fouled out.

For the Philadelphia 76ers, Pierce's charge on Thaddeus Young seemed like a game-changing play. In the second half, Pierce hit a number of clutch jump shots while draped by Andre Iguodala or Evan Turner. The Sixers' swingmen played outstanding defense; but the Celtic captain had more incredible offense for them.

Paul Pierce was killing the Sixers.

When Iguodala drew Pierce's fifth foul with 5:16 remaining, I thought Philadelphia would immediately get Iggy the ball the very next possession. I thought 'Dre would attack Boston's forward and force him to commit his last foul, or play softer defense.

Surprisingly, Iguodala got the ball but did not go at Pierce. Instead, he hit a huge three-pointer. Can't complain too much with that.

But then I was shocked when Pierce barreled into Yo ...

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