|Posted by shawn cassidy on February 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM|
Even without Rondo the Celtics can fall back on three veterans, and the duo of KG, and Pierce mainly. In times of need, and when the walls seem like there closing in. They seem to battle with the best of them, and they come out of the fire more times than not. In my opinion. The Celtics lost their best clutch player during the KG era. Ray Allen was huge, and not so far behind was Pierce. Kevin has had his fair share as well, and now both carry the torch with Rondo out. Rajon was becoming more of a clutch player. He was a student of the game watching the Big Three through the years.
"I just wanted to hold it until the last possible second," Pierce said. "It was only like a 2- or 3-second differential in the shot clock and the game clock. I figure let it wind all the way down, we get a shot off -- worst comes to worst, a long rebound. By the time they get the rebound, it'll probably be like 1 or 2 seconds left, and at that point, we felt like it would be difficult for them to get a shot off."
The offensive load is on Pierce. He needs to be the passer, and the scorer, and the go to guy down the stretch. The good news is that he's comfortable with that role.
Without point guard Rajon Rondo to settle the team, Rivers was asked if he liked how his team stepped up in a crucial spot, despite enduring a 6½-minute stretch without a field goal (and a rash of turnovers) that allowed the Clippers to make it a game again.
"I really don't know the answer to that -- if you want to say, 'Yes,' I'm all for it. I'll take that as an answer," Rivers said. "It's tough because I was so upset that we allowed [the comeback], but then we did gather ourselves. I'll probably have a better feel about it after I watch the game again."
It's become who they are, and something that they haven't been able to shake for years. They build a lead to watch it fall. Honestly the Clippers were not losing this game by 20 plus points. They're to good for that. The Celtics made their run, and the Clippers did in the 4th. What Doc should focus on is the turnovers, and the defensive breakdowns. Di the Clippers defense cause the 6 minute drought? Doc will need to look at the tape.