Friday, December 25, 2009

Orlando gets Rondo'd....

Without their Captain Paul Pierce, the Celtics still win in Orlando, 86-77 on this Christmas Day. Rajon Rondo was masterful with a dizzying array of layups, dishes and rebounds. He finished with 17 points, 13 boards and 8 assists. Tony Allen made the most of his start today, dropping in 16 points and grabbing 4 boards. There were some not-so-good moments, a few bricks here & there, but for the most part T.A. played well. Kendrick Perkins was very effective in making Dwight Howard a non-factor on the offensive end. Howard pulled down 20 boards, but Perk and the rest of Boston's D held him to 5 points on 1 of 7 shooting. Ray Allen hit some key buckets and free-throws down the stretch, finishing with 18 points. The Magic were completely ineffective from 3, (one of their strong-points so far this year)shooting 19% from beyond the arc. I am very happy about this win. Last year at this time, we had just lost to the Fakers, and the Celts season was slowly unravelling. To beat Orlando at home, without Paul Pierce (as well as Marquis Daniels) was huge for this team's confidence I believe. The Celts are now off until Sunday when they face the Clippers in L.A. Tip-off is at 9:30pm EST. Merry Christmas to Celtics fans all over the world!

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