The shot clock running down and the ball is in the hands of Rajon Rondo. It’s 4:40 left in the game and the score is tied at ninety. Rondo was set right inside the hashmark on the strong side of the court and squared himself. A basket would give the Celtics a lead in a see-saw affair that had the Pacers looking a little unhinged.
Rondo made the shot and the C’s had the lead, 93-90. Momentum appeared to be buddied-up with Boston and they were primed for the upset. Who would have thought Rajon Rondo, not Jeff Green nor Jared Sullinger nor Jerryd Bayless, but Rondo made the big shot right as the shot clock expired.
See whut happen wuz…….
In real time the shot clock lit up as the ball banked in, but after an official review, the ruling was that Rondo still had the ball in his hands. Thus, the proverbial air began to seep out of the Celtics’ balloon of hope.
The C’s never regained any hint of the ol’ mo’ and the Pacers not only cruised to their fifth straight win but completed a season series sweep over Boston. In spite of the thinned-out roster, the keystone line-ups and the superiority of their opponent, Boston actually made this contest a real test for the best team in the league. But the better team won. Right?
That’s pretty much the way things have gone this season for the men in green — win some and lose a lot of close ones.by