I'm still trying to digest what I saw last night. The Celtics played like a bunch of fourth graders until about 3 minutes into the 4th quarter, and were able to pull out a huge game 5 victory. Even with the Garnett and Powe injuries, Scalabrini's sickness, and Ray Allen's lack of a jumper, these Celtics keep coming up huge. This whole playoffs they have been a Jekyll and Hyde team. One quarter they are playing like the champs of old, and the next they are playing like the Clippers. I just can't figure out this team.
What in the Stephon Marbury? Marbury hasn't been able to hit a shot since he got to Boston, yet found his touch at just the right time in the 4th quarter. He did exactly what the Celtics needed him to do with Rondo in foul trouble. I think Marbury on a whole has been solid for the Celtics, save for the fact he can't shoot, but I think that is more being out of the game for so long than anything else. Him and Big Baby Davis were the reasons the Celtics were able to win this game. Oh, and of course the fact that the Magic delivered one of the biggest choke jobs in recent memory.
What can I really say about the Magic. I would love to say the Celtics won that game, but in reality the Magic lost it. It wasn't just that they blew a fourteen point lead with 8 minutes left, but how they blew it. The Rafer Alston shot, if you could call it that, looked like he thought he was playing a game of HORSE. Also, why don't the Magic ever pass to Dwight Howard? Isn't he one of the top 10 players in the league and by far their best player? I just don't understand this Magic team. Clearly, they should be beating this undermanned Celtics squad, but they don't posses the desire or smarts the Celtics do. That and Doc Rivers is completely out coaching Stan Van Gundy. Perkins and Davis are good defenders but there is no excuse for Dwight Howard only getting ten shots in a game.
I love this Celtics team. There have been about a hundred times this postseason where they could have packed it in and used the excuse of no Garnett, but they keep fighting and with a little luck keep pulling out victories. Even if they get swept by the Cavs, this postseason has been so satisfying for me. For any of you fellow Celtics fans, it is amazing that we can now talk about the Celtics as a bonafide championship contender again.
Thank you all for reading. I will be taking a bit of a hiatus as I am going to a friend's graduation this weekend, but will hopefully be writing about a Celtics series victory when I get back. Hope you enjoy!