Ballin: 26 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks for Kevin Garnett, who will happily tell you that he’s not too old to be performing at such a high level. Well, maybe “happily” isn’t the right word.
Not so much: LeBron James didn’t score from the 8:10 mark to the 0:09 mark in the fourth quarter. I’m sure no one will mention this though, since LeBron’s fourth quarter performance is one of those things that tends to fly under the radar.
Tip drill: Finishing possessions is just as important as playing on-ball defense. Just ask the Heat, who didn’t finish this possession.
I am not 100 percent convinced that Rondo’s tip was anything more than him tipping the ball out to an area where he knew there was a player, only to see the ball serendipitously go directly to Mickael Pietrus’ hands, but it’s still a great play even if that’s the case. So let’s just agree that this was a complete and total pass. Way more fun that way.
All that glitters: Not everything was perfect on the Rondo-Pietrus connection, however. Early in the game, Rondo hit Pietster on a backdoor bounce pass, only to see Pietrus completely bonk the wide-open dunk. They made up for it though, I’d say.
Rando: Not to mention, one of the worst backcourt violations you’ll ever see.
Inspiration: Sorry Fat Grizzlies Kid, we have a new favorite child lunatic.
This kid is going to be a great middle manager some day. For now, just buy this “Good Effort” shirt because of laughs and because all proceeds go to the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. Thumbs up for rock and roll.
Scurry: Watch your groin, Rajon Rondo.
Cruel and unusual: I don’t know about you guys, but I think a $1,000,000 fine for flopping is a bit excessive.
That being said, if every player that flopped was fined a million bucks, we probably wouldn’t have flopping. Might as well threaten execution too, while we’re at it.
Welcome back: Chris Bosh returned last night, putting up nine points and seven rebounds in 14 weirdly spaced minutes. As you might expect, a Bosh face reared its head. Good to have that back in our lives.
Other things: Of all the unorthodox plays Rajon Rondo made last night, his one-handed rebound layup was probably my favorite … Kevin Garnett needs one of those dentist sucky tubes … No ESPN, the Heat are not one win from the Finals … Paul Pierce played the entire first half in a pair of white Nike Air Legacy 3s that didn’t look right with the Celtics’ road jerseys, only to switch to a black pair for the second half. He scored twice as many points and hit a huge three in the second half, so let’s think about what that means … Hey, there is a dunk on your face, James Jones … Even the Miami Marlins got a taste of the Chris Bosh face