“Friends share everything”, wrote the mathematician Pythagoras. The Celtics may have believed that equation when they took on the Detroit Pistons in the TD Garden. The C’s put on an unselfish display of sportsmanship for the ages.
Do you know who was the most liberal of them all? Of course, Rajon Rondo.
Rondo appropriated 18 of the Celtics’ season high 38 assists and no T.O.’s, meanwhile on the flip side, the rest of the Celtics assisted the Pistons only 7 times in their homecourt win. It was just two nights earlier when the C’s turned in another season high by lavishly giving the orange away a total of 28 times.
The Pistons did their damage within the painted area, outscoring the C’s by 20 points and out-hustling them by 25 on the boards. The problem the Pistons faced was that they let the orange slip through their fingers 16 times.
Ever heard the phrase, ‘the hand is quicker than the eye’? Well, the Pistons’ muscle was no match for the precision and speed of the Celtics passes. And once the C’s shots began to fall, it was lights out!
The night had it’s milestones with Rondo recording his 4,101th abetment, replacing the great Bill Russell, who was fifth all-time in assists. Bill Russell? What hasn’t he done for the Celtics?
You know, it’s good to see Rondo look like the Rondo of old, even though he isn’t as young as he used to be.