This is what we all watch the NBA Playoffs for. Game seven, winner take all, loser goes home. Our favorite point guard, Rajon Rondo, and his Boston Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at 8ET, for the right to face the Miami Heat in the next round. If you’ve watched a Boston game this year, you’ll know that Rondo is now, by far, the best player wearing a Celtics uniform. He’s the engine that makes them go, both offensively and defensively. After a sub par performance, by his standards, in game six (9 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists) Rondo has to bounce back if the Celtics hope to continue their season. Bill Doyle of the Boston Telegram and Gazette, shares these same sentiments. He thinks that Rondo is the key to a game seven victory, and that if he doesn’t show up, this could spell the end of the “Boston Big Three” era.
(In game six) Rondo was not on top of his game. Maybe he was upset that he made only the NBA All-Defensive second team after making the first team last season. Whatever the reason for his funk, captain Paul Pierce got in his face on the bench.
The contracts of Garnett and Ray Allen end this summer, so if the Celtics don’t win tomorrow night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals, their careers in Green could end.
Garnett, who turned 36 last Saturday, has enjoyed a resurgence at center and that could convince him to put off retirement, but there’s no guarantee that the Celtics will re-sign him.
Allen turns 37 in July, but the NBA’s all-time 3-point king was expected to play for several more seasons. He has been slowed by bone spurs in his right ankle, however, and likely will need surgery this summer, so his future has become murky.
Even though this team is not what it used to be, they are still a fun bunch to watch. Doc Rivers has done an exceptional job in keeping these old guys hungry for a title. For history’s sake, I’m not ready to see these Celtics go away. Plus, I think that they will give the Heat all they can handle in the next round. Think they can pull it out against Jodie Meeks and the young Sixers? Besides Rondo, who is the most important Celtic?
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