CAROLINA CRISIS: THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOU By Michael...
Celts handle Hawks again
So (W.W.R.D) What Would Rondo Do well he would come back game three with the chance to help his team take charge of this series and he wasn’t going to let that chance slip away. Going into game three the Celtics would get a familiar face back into the line up Ray Allen who was out with an right ankle injury which had him sidelined for 11 games. Ray Allen hasn’t played in a game since April 10th and said “I wasn’t willing to tell anyone about my injury I just wanted to come back and help my team mates when the time was right”. Well Ray Allen showed up at the perfect time no better time than game three at the garden.
The Celtics came out the gate in the first quarter running and were eager to stay neck and neck with the Hawks. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Avery Bradley led the charge for the Celtics as the score was 19-17 the Hawks way with Joe Johnson scoring 8 points to add to that 19 the Hawks had. Second quarter “The Truth” Paul Pierce got into the swing of the game as he scored 8 points giving him a total of 10 points for the half. The Celtics lead 40-38 at halftime but still didn’t get Rondo involved into the game so he can make an impact. The second half that was a whole new story as Rajon Rondo had gone off ending his night with 17 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds. The thing that is so special about Rondo’s game is that once he get’s the rebound the Celtics fast break is unstoppable because, he’s either going to get fouled or make a basket or find an open player for a jumper. Ray Allen is usually that player that is open for the jumper from Rondo but, this time around coming off the right ankle injury you can tell he was still trying to get his legs back into it.
The Celtics suffered a big blow during the game also because, their best ball defender Avery Bradley had left the game with a separated shoulder and we don’t know his condition. Doc Rivers said “They usually just pop his shoulder back in but this time they couldn’t pop it back in”. So with that being said that means that we may see Ray Allen back in the starting line up or maybe even Pietrus. Bradley being out could be a big blow to the Celtics but there so deep on the bench that they can make adjustments to keep things rolling.
The Celtics veterans had played a lot of minutes being that the game went into overtime so Doc Rivers gave them tomorrow off but, the Celtics need to get used to the long minutes because the Hawks like to run and fly. In Order for the Celtics to pull out game 4 they would have to try to put a stop to Jeff Teague and his penetration to the basket on fast breaks because, he broke the Celtics defense up and had found a lot of wide open Hawks players for spot up jumpers. Also I would like to see the Celtics take advantage of the post more while Horford and Smith are out and use Bass and KG too their full potential and keep it pick and pop.
Going into game 4 the Celtics will have to keep the momentum going as they have the home crowd and the city behind them the ball is in their court because, the Celtics can go as far as the Celtics want to go and with them playing the way they did tonight they will have to try to fix up some things to improve to get past the Hawks. Game 4 is on Sunday at 7 the Celtics will have to come out with a haymaker to try to stagger the Hawks before they can get any type of offense going and clamp them down on defense and hold Johnson and Teague to a minimum and have someone else beat you.