Ballin: Pretty hard to choose against a guy who scored 44 points on 24 shots, hit two threes, went 10-12 from the line, grabbed eight boards, handed out 10 assists and had three steals while playing all 53 minutes of an overtime game. So congratulations on your meaningless internet award, Rajon Rondo.

Not so much: 21 points, six rebounds and three assists is a fine line for Paul Pierce, except he fouled out with 47 seconds remaining in regulation. Why does this guy get in to foul trouble in so many big games? He’s been disqualified from this one and Game 7 of the 76ers series in this playoffs alone. Seems he’s just a bit too tuned up sometimes, though you can’t blame him.

Smooth move: Here’s Kevin Garnett throwing an elbow at James Jones, then trying to play it very cool.

This guy.

More Rondo: Perhaps the most impressive part of Rajon Rondo’s amazing game — outside of the ironman minutes and jump-shooting acumen — was that he played the entire fourth quarter and overtime with his shorts barely hanging on to his tiny, tiny tuchus. Tighten that drawstring, bro.

Also ballin: Word up to Mario Chalmers, throwing up 22 points like it’s no big deal. Way to go, man.

Sad: This block totally bummed me out.

This is the oldest Ray Allen has ever looked. Dwyane Wade starts this play AHEAD of Ray, trots back and Ray is barely able to pass him because he is incapable of sprinting, then Wade jumps at maybe 60 percent strength and easily, easily blocks Ray’s layup attempt, smothering his shot like an eighth grader playing against a fourth grader. Do not like.

Howevski: Even though he is basically one zillion years old, Ray Allen can still shoot. Two threes on the night, none bigger than the game-tying bomb at the end of regulation where that rapscallion Dwyane Wade put his team at a disadvantage by gambling for a steal. Sometimes it pays off to be old and slow.

Controversh: I’m sure seeing this replay a few times won’t make Celtics fans upset.

Should have been a foul, but let’s just consider this revenge for Rondo punching Brad Miller in the head.

Conspiracy: The New Orleans Hornets won last night’s draft lottery because it’s been a while since we’ve had people convinced the league was rigged. The worst part, however, is that Nick Gilbert will be put in his father’s dungeon for not winning the Cavs’ second straight No. 1 pick.

Other things: How does Rajon Rondo decide when he’s going to wear a headband? And do statistics exist that show the difference between how he plays when he wears one and when he doesn’t? … Oh, look at that, another LeBron James block that looks awesome … Always fun when Paul Pierce throws down an out-of-nowhere dunk … Even Doc Rivers is hurt for the Celtics … Wally Szczerbiak ragged on Kevin Garnett for not having the “#clutchgene” then promptly deleted the tweet because he is Wally Szczerbiak

Comments (21)

  1. thought the same thing about pierce. what’s up with foul trouble, troothie? as soon as he got to no 4 I got nervous, and for the right reason as it turned out (he fouled out in regulation btw, not overtime)

  2. pierce fouled out in the 4th qtr. situation was the same though.

  3. Maybe you can let the Brad Miller thing go. It was a foul that saved the series for the Celtics. It wasn’t called a flagrant. But I think it’s fair to say the Bulls have been just as dirty, and at least one of their fans was proud enough to post a video of it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6kPuGBrnY0

    • Rondo didn’t even go for the ball, just looking for blood. Then whips Kirk into scoreers table. Dude had no business playing in that series like that. No doubt it was a flagrant. Bulls havn’t been as dirty period. When you think of dirty teams does the bulls or celtics come to mind? I call BS.

  4. Is Ray jumping A LOT less when shooting or am I wrong? So sad to see that man.

  5. correct me if im wrong, but wasn’t that wade foul on rondo fairly close to the hansbrough foul on wade in the last series?

    hasbrough – called for a flagrant foul

    wade – no call.

    NBA Basketball FannnCraptic

    • Obviously, Rondo face is part of the ball!

    • you’re wrong!

      Rondo barely got touched by the pinky side of Wade’s hand. Rondo tried to sell the foul.

      Wade got fully smacked by Hansboro- blood was drawn it may not have been a flagrant but easy foul call none the less. Could the incidental contact have been called on Wade – yeah sure, but lets chalk it up to refs not wanting the final minutes of the game to decided by weak fouls. It has been the objective of refs for many, many games now. If you want to find some missed calls you should go back and watch 90% of the defense played by Garnet. Poor Haslem hardly ever gets a call for all the abuse he takes when attacking the rim.

      • completely agree with you!

      • No way. that’s a clearly a foul. Refs just missed it, otherwise they would have called that. I don’t see your Psyco- T connection…elaborate/explain? What does that foul have to do with this one?

  6. Meant to type regulation. Good catch.

    Will never let the Brad Miller go.

  7. That was a soul crushing defeat. I have major issues with that Rondo no-call but otherwise Cs fans need to stop complaining about the free throw disparity. It makes sense that Miami would get to the line more than we do.

  8. Comparing the Wade foul to the Hansborough foul is one of the dumber things I’ve read. Saw Ethan Strauss posted on twitter, “It’s also a call that refs usually miss, because everyone is focused on the shot release-point.” Thought that was interesting, but was a foul that obviously should of been called.

  9. idk why dwade is known as a classy, nice guy, when you look at going from dislocating rondo’s shoulder last year, to charging full speed in darren collison from behind, or this blatant foul, he seems like a pretty dirty player
    not knocking the guy, does what he thinks is necessary to win, but his reputation on ESPN remains improbably untouchable, /wrist

    • Its been a recent change in his demenor. He still is good with media but it will catch up to him. He’s staring to be KG dirty for sure. JUst like KG he was a likeable superstar until he teamed up with other good players, whole tough guy act. Diffrence is KG doen’t care about sopnsors, Wade does.

  10. I think the NBA should just embrace the foolishness that the lottery is rigged. Perputated they myth like the CIA does that they are all powerful. It seems that no matter what they do people are still going to cry foul in the end. So screw it, invite nobody, have Stern emerge from a dark room, announce the top 3 picks, take no questions and leave. Although such a scenario would miss a 14 year old Nick Gilbert in a bowtie sounded like a 60 year old chain smoker. Has anyone created the Nick Gilbert remix on youtube yet?

  11. 1. Brad Miller is the one guy you should be able to foul and get away with it.
    2. The Heat are destined to win this year or the entire hype and point of the team is trashed.
    3. This is why the NBA playoffs is lack luster and people go nuts for march madness. We all knew coming in only a total of 6 teams had a chance at making the finals, 4 realistically and it almost always unfolds the same way, except for last year, go Grizz!

  12. Come on, man, get over your Rondo hate already. You’re hilarious in every other aspect of life EXCEPT talking about the Celtics or Rondo and it makes reading TBJ very frustrating for a Celtics fan. At least hide your hatred a little bit, jeez.

  13. Celtics won’t win a championship for a long time, enjoy being fustrated over that!

    • Neither will most teams in the NBA so I guess my misery will have a lot of company on that one. Glad I got to enjoy several good years of contending, at least. Most fans can’t say that. And you can agree it is frustrating when your favorite writer on your favorite blog hates your favorite team very, very blatantly.

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