So, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum put up 46, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett could only be found, offensively, on the back of a milk carton and the Lakers attempted 15 more free throws than the Celtics. And Boston still walked away with the victory?
That was due, largely in part, to Ray Allen’s superfluous shooting performance. In case you missed it, you missed one for the record books. In addition, we were again treated to the emergence of Rajon Rondo, who has officially crashed the penthouse party of the league’s premier floor generals.
Rondo finished with his fifth playoff triple-double, 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 dimes, while Jesus Shuttleworth connected on a finals-record eight three’s in route to his 32 points.
The confidence and swagger that Boston derived from Ray’s lights-out performance cannot be overstated. The momentum he provided propelled the Celtics through the second half, even when Phil Jackson’s defensive adjustments cooled him off.
So sit back, relax and enjoy his Machine Gun Funk and Rondo’s 3-D masterpiece. Cue the music, then watch the show.
Given his timely display of marksmenship, coupled with his sustained excellence as one of the league’s premier shooters of all-time, don’t be surprised to see Sugar Ray, if he’s not part of this Celtic team next year, doing the same thing on the perimeter for Dwayne Wade or LeBron James in the near future. I’m sure that after the show he put on last night, Ray Allen is saying, “I think I’ll Go Around Again!”