Rajon Rondo was amazing in Game 2 against the Miami Heat.
He went for 44 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds and 3 steals on 16-24 shooting. Rondo also scored all of the Boston Celtics’ 12 points in overtime.
Despite that masterful performance, the Celtics still lost 115-111 and find themselves in a difficult 0-2 hole. The main reason Boston lost is probably because it doesn’t have five Rajon Rondos to throw out there as a counter punch to Miami’s much more athletic and explosive team.
Exhibit A: the huge no call on a Dwyane Wade slap to the face of Rajon Rondo as he went to the basket with 1:35 left in overtime and the score tied at 105.
Had the refs made the correct foul call, Rondo would’ve gone to the line for two shots. He probably would’ve made at least one free throw, if not both (Rondo is shooting 74 per cent from the line during the playoffs and was 10-12 from the line at that point in the game).
Boston could’ve swung the momentum their way and forced Miami to take a timeout. The Celtics also still had a foul to give, which they could’ve used to disrupt the Heat on their next possession and eat up more clock.
Instead, the Heat ran down the floor 5-on-4 and Udonis Haslem scored on an uncontested dunk to make it 107-105. The score never got any closer than that.
Here’s the play in question:
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