So the Celtics lost in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. Ya, this was almost a week ago, but it hurt – a lot – so I didn’t feel like writing about it. I’ll admit I wasn’t a big Celtics fan because I wasn’t really a fan of the NBA.. but a few months ago, when they came back from the bottom of the standings and had an amazing second half of the regular season, I felt compelled to pay attention.. especially since there was talk about blowing up the team and trying to rebuild, yet when the team stayed as it was, they started to dominate. It truly was an amazing feat to go as far as they did after starting the season so poorly.. and with how old the Big 3 are.. and with all the injuries (Paul Pierce playing on a sprained knee, Ray Allen playing with bone spurs in his ankle and putting off surgery, Mickael Pietrus putting off knee surgery, etc. Oh and don’t forget Avery Bradley who didn’t get to play at all as he was out with an injury.. and we really could’ve used him.. he was our defensive answer to LeBron James during the regular season, allowing us to beat the Heat in three of four games.
I think the Celtics had a great chance at going to the finals again. They started Game 7 strong, but then let the Heat get back into it. Then it was close for most of the remaining time. There were 20 lead changes throughout the game, including seven in the fourth quarter. But even though they had an 11 point lead at one point, they weren’t consistent and went cold at the worst possible time (the end of the series-deciding game).
Though we lost, we need to remember.. The Celtics’ Big 3 were put together just five years ago in 2007. The following year, they won the championship for the Celtics’ 17th banner. In these five years, they’ve also made two trips to the Finals and three to the Eastern Conference Finals. Also, the man that makes some people call it the Big 4, Rajon Rondo, has come a long way. He has really improved his game. We need to remember how key he was to this whole run. He racks up triple-doubles like nobody else and had his third of the post season in Game 7 with 22 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds. He also had that amazing game with 44 points that mostly came from jumpers and even some 3-pointers (and a couple consecutively).. and he’s not known for shooting. Let us also remember that Kevin Garnett was huge for us. When he is on the floor, the Celtics are pretty much unstoppable. He had a +/- rating of +138!! The next closest was like 100 less! Let’s also remember that Paul Pierce is still one of the best all-around players of all time and Ray Allen is one of the greatest 3-point shooters of all time. After the Big 4, the next most important player was Brandon Bass who was solid with his jumpers and rebounds.. and steals. Unfortunately, I’m sad to say he has declined a $4.25 million option on his contract and will be a free agent. I don’t blame him because it’s a pretty safe bet that even if the Big 3 don’t get broken up, it would be hard to repeat a run like this at their ages. Still, I’m disappointed and will miss him.
I’d like to take this opportunity to give a HUGE THANKS to the entire Celtics staff for making me a true fan with their epic odds-defying run this year! If the Big 3 don’t stay together next year, then I’d also like to thank all of them for a great five years. Whatever happens, the Celtics have now pulled me in and I look forward to next season. Now it’s time to root for the OKC Thunder in the finals: Go Thunder! ..send LeBron home crying!
Here’s some videos from what may be the final game of the Celtics’ Big 3…
Here’s a video of Brandon Bass making a nice steal then doing a big dunk in Dwyane Wade’s face:
Here’s a video of Paul Pierce knocking down Shane Battier, getting a layup, and one with a great pass from Rajon Rondo:
Here’s a video of Rajon Rondo’s triple-double (his 3rd of the playoffs):
Here’s a video recap of the game:
Here’s a more extended video recap of the game (in HD):
Here’s a video of the emotional exit of the Celtics’ Big 3:
Thanks for reading,