In this edition of the Celtics Four-Point Play, I’ll comment on Paul Pierce’s Game 1 dramatics, do a recap of Games 1-3 of the NBA Finals, offer my opinion of the Tim Donaghy situation, talk about Rajon Rondo’s injured ankle in a small preview of Game 4.
1. Paul Pierce was carried off the floor and wheelchaired to the lockerroom during the third quarter of Game 3 before making a dramatic return minutes later.
- First, allow me to say that I DON’T think that Paul Pierce was faking his injury in Game 1. I bet the trainer told him to not move the knee until it was examined…so he didn’t and needed to be carried off just in case. If he walked on it against doctor’s orders just to look manly, and injured it further, I would’ve been irate and the C’s would’ve been done.
- I know it looked ridiculous that he had to be carried out for seemingly nothing, but what does he have to do to prove he was hurt? Undergo offseason surgery? Will that prove anything? Ugh…so frustrating.
2. The Celtics lead the best-of-seven NBA Finals 2-1 thanks to wins in Games 1 and 2 and a loss in Game 3.
- In the first two games of the series, both played at the TD Banknorth Garden, the Celtics really threw their weight around and out-muscled the Lakers. It seemed that no one would stand up and push the C’s back or at least commit a hard foul.
- Lakers players, coaches, fans, sportswriters all pointed that in Game 2, the Celtics attempted 28 more free throws than the Lakers. Yes, it seems like a big discrepancy, but it’s misleading when you consider that LA never really drove toward the hoop. They’re a finesse team, so it makes sense that they don’t earn that many trips to the FT line.
- I try to forget that Game 3 existed. I mean, if Paul Pierce played anywhere close to as good as he can, the Celtics would’ve won that game. They only lost by six points despite bad games from Pierce and Kevin Garnett. They will improve, and so will the Celtics.
3. NBA commissioner David Stern has brushed off allegations by former referee Tim Donaghy that the NBA rigged playoff series in 2002 and 2005.
- Did this actually happen? I remember the Kings-Lakers series in 2002, when the Kings were just plain out-playing them but could not overcome pretty odd calls from the referees. I’m not sure if Donaghy did those games, but I am absolutely positive he wasn’t the only referee involved in fixing games.
- Arlen Specter should really turn his attention to this, as it is a huge black mark on a sport I love; much moreso than steroids on baseball and the stupid Spygate scandal in football. Referees found to be fixing games would completely destroy the integrity of the sport. It’s a really big deal and Stern needs to pledge to get to the bottom of it, instead of just pretending it doesn’t happen. I mean come on…the Knicks got Patrick Ewing!?!?! [YouTube video]
4. Rajon Rondo has an injured ankle, but says he will play in Game 4 against the Lakers.
- Celtics PG Rajon Rondo rolled his ankle in Game 3 and didn’t play much after the injury. He said the pain in his ankle is inside the ankle, but just a bone bruise and not a broken bone. He said he will play despite the pain, and they C’s need him.
- If Rondo is limited, expect to see a heavy dose of Eddie House and Sam Cassell. Uh….
- Assuming Rondo plays, I’d say this is the game the Celtics win if they were going to win on the road. If they win, the Celts will probably lose Game 5 and bring the series back to Boston. This is all speculation. Tune in at 9 p.m. tonight and we’ll find out the real story.
Tags: Celtics, Four-Point Play, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Finals, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo