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Celtics-Heat Game 4: Celtics can survive a LeBron onslaught, can Heat survive another Rondomination?

Jun 2, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

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Here’s the secret to this series, and the Celtics’ postseason in general. Kevin Garnett getting points off the pick and pop and in the post over Ronny Turiaf and yelling and barking and cursing is nice. Paul Pierce getting an inefficient number of points per FGA is fine. Ray Allen hitting some in-between freezeouts is fine, and Marquis Daniels and Keyon Dooling having “playoff home team bench performances” is all well and good. The Celtics would still be doomed, and I mean “Greek tragedy, female-characters-in-a-Joss-Whedon-story, Blazers-top-draft-pick doomed” without Rajon Rondo.

Rondo is who answered when the Heat cut the lead into single digits in Game 3. Rondo kept them with a chance to win in Game 2. Rondo has answered every call, made every play, responded in every opportunity to keep the Celtics alive and kicking. Without him, they’re and old team that can’t stay in front of the Heat for 48 minutes. That’s just the reality. The Celtics played great as a team in Game 3, and still would have been ruined by the fourth quarter onslaught of the Heat if Rondo hadn’t kept attacking and making smart plays.

This series is about Rajon Rondo vs. LeBron James. James is up 2-1, and each has a prolific performance in a loss, though Rondo’s far exceeds James’. Miami has tried everything. Playing under, he nailed jump shots. Playing him off-ball, he slices to get free. Trap him, he racks up the assists. Hedge, he gets the corner. The Heat defense is not overrated. It is not a sham. It is as good as advertised, as is Boston, when they have the energy to execute. Neither team can do much of anything against the opponent’s best player, but that’s what this will come down to. Both sides will get contributions from the other players. Dwyane Wade will snap back. Paul Pierce is going to have a Truth game. But this series rests on the shoulders of Rondo, who as primary weapon and best player on the Celtics, has never lead them to the title, and James, who has never lead his team to the title.

Forget KG screaming. Forget Truth popping his jersey. Forget the Ray Allen resurrection, Chris Bosh‘s status, Dwyane Wade’s performance. This is about two of the modern age’s best players, models of efficiency, production factories, and whoever can make the right play, not the most plays, will carry his team forward. This is the stuff of legend.

The James Kingdom or Rondoworld. Game 4 looms.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jun 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    It is getting close to the Finals, LeBron is due to disappear, quit or choke.

  2. sabatimus - Jun 2, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    How can you say “Rondomination” and not say “LeBronslaught”? Is it copyrighted or something?

  3. bestcoastinfluence - Jun 2, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    The Celtics go as KG and Pierce go. Rondo has been getting his, but when Pierce and KG play well Boston is much, much better.

  4. gmen4life33 - Jun 2, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Dont care who wins this series, but it would be awesome if it went to a game 7

  5. miamatt - Jun 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Ladies and gentleman…

    Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeebron’s get ready to Rondoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. BigBeachBall - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Rondo doesn’t need to copyright nuffin…. unlike some new yorkers we know….

  7. mikejd12 - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Now all of a sudden it’s James vs rondo , like no one else on the court matters…..stupid

  8. myownwerstenmy - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Depends on if the ref gives Lechoke the game like game 2

  9. DonRSD - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Good article

  10. j0esixpack - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    It all depends on who the officials are

  11. jh4prez - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Cant wait!

  12. itsmammoth - Jun 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Illuminati Eye. 😉 lol.

  13. lucidsportsfan - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    I think if the Heat acted a little tougher, and focused on just putting the ball in the hoop rather than trying to draw fouls, they could run Boston out of the building, regardless of how amazing Rondo is.

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