|Posted by GreenBanner18 on May 17, 2010 at 3:45 PM|
1.There is no way Rondo will play as "poorly" as he did in Game 1. 8 points / 8 assists / 3 rebounds doesn't sound like a horrible game, but after what we witnessed throughout the season and especially in Round 2 of the playoffs, these numbers are below average. He was outplayed by Nelson and he is the kind of guy who takes that personally. Look for him to be very active and in control of the game.
2. Coming off a huge series in which he simply abused Antawn Jamison, KG struggled a bit in Game 1. He did a great job on the boards (11 rebounds), but couldn't find the stroke. He finished with only 8 points which is fine when he is being passive, but from the field he shot 4-14. He appeared hesitant and uncomfortable with his shot, but you would have to figure we won't see back to back off shooting nights from the Big Ticket.
3. Pierce feels free as a bird this series. I'm sure he can't believe how wide open he feels and how much easier it is to get to the rim. Going up against LeBron who is (unfortunately I have to praise him for a second) a tough, quick defender made The Truth have to work hard. I think that worked out perfectly to go from a good defender to a not so good defender, instead of vice versa. Now he feels confident in his ability to score, and it showed with his 6-8 from the field for 22 points performance.
4. Everything good that happened in game one which includes: Rasheed Wallace hustling and getting in the head of Dwight Howard / Big Baby doing a great job of defense on Howard when called on / heck ALL the bigs doing an awesome job on Dwight Howard to keep him frustrated, and hacking him when necessary / Ray Allen putting up big numbers in a very efficient manner (8-16 FG) / Last but not least... Tony Allen bringing the energy.
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