Celtics Demolish Magic In Game 3
There is no need for Game 4 Monday night.
The Celtics took a 3-0 lead in this Eastern Conference final with their most decisive victory in the series, pounding the overmatched Magic, 94-71, setting their sights on another NBA championship.
Hero Of The Day
Boston point guard Rajon Rondo, a role player on 2008 NBA championship team, clearly has become the leader and catalyst throughout these playoffs. Rondo continued his incredible playoff run Saturday. He didn't shoot well in Game 3, but he still controlled the game, getting 11 points, 12 assists and three steals, completely befuddling the Magic all night.
How about the opening jump, which meant another awful start for the Magic. In the first three minutes, before they got their first point, the Magic had two turnovers by Jameer Nelson, two missed free throws by Dwight Howard and an offensive foul by Rashard Lewis.
Key Coaching Decision
Whatever Doc Rivers and his defensive assistant Tom Thibodeau told their team about defense in the playoffs, they should bottle it. The Celtics just smothered the Magic, taking away everything that worked during the regular season and through the first two rounds of the playoffs. More often than not, it looked like the Celtics were playing with six guys on defense. The Magic had no room to move.
Outside the Box
Celtics reserve Glen Davis, who still doesn't look like a basketball player, threw his bulk around the lane, filling in for both center Kendrick Perkins and power forward Kevin Garnett. He had 17 points and six rebounds, his biggest game of the series.
You Had To Be There
Before the game, Celtics coach Doc Rivers was talking, not about trying to win another NBA title, but about the enjoyment he got watching his son Austin Rivers win a high school basketball state championship earlier this spring in Florida. "It was special, one of the better experiences I've had as a parent,'' said Rivers, who estimated that he saw his son play 11 games this season, flying to his home in Winter Park during Celtics off days. "It was just an amazing feeling.'' Austin, a 6-4 junior point guard, is being recruited by Duke, North Carolina and Florida among others.