Last round, Rajon Rondo stole the title of King from LeBron James. This time around, he’s out for Superman. Hey, give him Air Canada too, from back in the day when Vince Carter was actually relevant. Rondo and the washed up Celtics made quick work of the Magic again tonight, winning 94-71 at home to grab a 3-0 lead in the East Finals.
Rondo didn’t quite have his own shot going tonight (11 points on 4-of-14 from the field and 3-of-7 from the line), but had a game-high 12 assists and four steals. Oh yeah, and he had this going. And this. So go ahead, call him King Rondo. Call him Superman. As for me, I’m calling him the best point guard in the NBA.
Aside from Air Rondo, five other Celtics scored in double figures, with Big Baby Davis leading the way with 17 and Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett chipping in 15, 14 and 11 respectively. On the other side, Dwight Howard disappeared for the 29th time these playoffs, finishing with seven points and eight boards. Carter had a quiet 15 and took a late ragging from the great Jeff Van Gundy, who took it upon himself to call his lack of heart into question in the final minutes, as if we didn’t all know that already. Extra credit to Van Gundy for exposing the idiocy of a pair of fans that decided to show up for this one in Lakers jerseys as well. Speaking of the best in the game, I’ll hand that title to Van Gundy in the broadcast department.
Anyway, any hopes of these playoffs getting a bit competitive are again out the window, but it’s all good in this one. It’s starting to look a lot like 2008 all over again, and this time around the Cetlics have a whole lot more of a weapon at the point.