I have been telling a few people that I think the Celtics will win this series. It could be a victory in vain because I am not sure they have a chance at beating Cleveland but I think they will outlast Orlando and win in a game 7 at home. Tonight is really the tell all at how gritty they will be in the final games of this series. We know they have the fight in them. Who will tonight’s hero be?… Possibly a Ray Allen 3 point buzzer beater?.. Maybe a Paul Pierce step back jumper?.. Or Rondo taking it to hoop forcing a foul?… It will be an exciting game tonight.
Even with a sluggish fourth quarter, Glen Davis and the Boston Celtics pulled out a 95-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night at Amway Arena.
The defending champions tied the series at two games apiece due to the soft hands of Glen “Big Baby” Davis. Davis’ 21-foot jumper as time expired helped propel the C’s over the Magic and gives Boston all the momentum heading into Game 5.
The play originally called for Ray Allen to receive a pass from Rajon Rondo, but Rondo was forced to hand the ball off to Paul Pierce. Pierce was then forced to pass the ball to an open Davis as the Celtics captain was double-teamed.
Luckily for Pierce and the Celtics, Davis’ shot hit nothing but net.
Pierce led all Celtics with his second consecutive 27 point game as Rondo and Davis added 21 points each for Doc Rivers and the Celtics. Dwight Howard led all scoring for the Magic with 21 points and 17 rebounds.
Boston outscored Orlando 31-25 in the third quarter to take a six point lead going into the final quarter but managed to only score 16 points in the fourth forcing the late-second heroics from Big Baby.
Both teams have a day of rest on Monday as they will tip off again at the TD Banknorth Garden on Tuesday.
The NBA league offices decided that Rafer Alston’s slap of Eddie House during Game 2 warranted a one game suspension.
I mean who wouldn’t get frustrated when an opponent hits three after three in your face?
Houses gloating or taunting is a mute point in this case as the Celtics sharp-shooter scored 30 points for the C’s off of the bench by going 4-for-4 from behind the arc, which technically warranted all the talking in the world.
Luckily for House and the Celtics, the Magic will be without their starting point guard for Game 3 because of House’s somewhat big mouth and Alston’s somewhat big mistake. Alston’s slap of House’s head came after the Celtics guard drained a three-pointer from the right side in Boston’s 112-94 rout of the Magic.
Without Alston, Stan Van Gundy and the Magic are left with Anthony Johnson as their starting point guard. Game 3 will be play on Friday night at Amway Arena.
The Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic may have been playing on the Garden parque Wednesday night but Eddie House and Rajon Rondo truly held center stage as the two guards led Boston to a 112-94 victory over the Magic to even the Eastern Conference semifinal at one game apiece.
Rajon Rondo had his third triple-double of this posteason tying Larry Bird’s franchise record. Rondo had 15 points, 18 assists, and 11 rebounds for Doc Rivers and the Celtics as Eddie House scored 31 points, a career high, off of the Celtics bench while also adding four rebounds and two assists.
Ray Allen added 22 points for the C’s as Kendrick Perkins went 7-for-10 from the field scoring 16 points.
In a pivotal Game 2 in Boston, Paul Pierce was a non-factor by getting in early foul trouble, registering his third foul early in the second quarter and fourth foul just four minutes into the third. House went 11-for-14 from the floor and went 4-for-4 from behind the arc.
House sparked the Celtics faithful and delievered exactly what the Doctor (Rivers) ordered from the Boston bench.
The two teams now head to Orlando to square off in Game 3 on Friday night.
Boston Celtics forward Leon Powe had surgery on his torn ACL and meniscus on Tuesday at the New England Baptist Hospital.
Powe injured his left knee in the second quarter of Game 2 in Boston’s first round series with the Chicago Bulls.
Danny Ainge and Powe are hopeful that the former University of California star can be ready to play by the midway point of the 2009-2010 season.