The Boston Celtics held on the beat the Phoenix Suns tonight, 115-103. Although they got the win, Doc and company cannot be happy about letting a 29 point lead dwindle down to 7.
Boston had a bad taste in their mouths from the loss they took in Phoenix. From the start the Celtics were clicking on all cylinders, as they raced out to a 20 point halftime lead. Boston would extend the lead to 20 mid way through the third quarter. Paul Pierce capped off the early third quarter run with an emphatic left-handed dunk on Channing Frye. Pierce would receive a technical foul for taunting, after staring down Frye who had fell into the cameraman.
The Celtics would have nothing else to celebrate as they went cold from the field after the Pierce dunk. The Suns used a 22-2 run at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter, to cut the Celtics lead down to 7. Boston would regain control of the game and went on to win by 12. Glen Davis left the game in the last-minute with what appeared to be a knee injury suffered as he was dunking the ball.
The Celtics were led by Kevin Garnett’s 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Pierce scored 16 points and 13 rebounds. Ray Allen chipped in with 19 points on 4-6 shooting from the three-point line. Boston’s all-star point guard Rajon Rondo scored 16 points and handed out 15 assists. Earlier in the evening the Celtics signed veteran swingman Sasha Pavlovic.
It wasn’t Rondo numbers that made headlines at the end of the game. As time was running out, and the Celts up 10, Rondo inexplicably attempted a fade away three with less than a second remaining. Jared Dudley made sure the shot didn’t get far as he committed a hard foul on Rondo.
Rondo is one of my favorite players in the NBA but what he did at the end of the game was beyond disrespectful. You just don’t do what he did, it is an unwritten rule. The entire league already hates the Celtics and he just gave them even more of a reason to. Although his maturity has improved a lot, Rondo is only 24 years old and still has some growing to do. One thing you don’t want to do as a young player is disrespect the game. Rondo will learn that, hopefully not the hard way.