Leftover thoughts

June, 11, 2010
Just thinking out loud that the Celtics won a game in which...

Paul J. Richards/Getty ImagesTony Allen: Defensive stopper?
* Rajon Rondo generated a mere three assists (and Boston, as a team, only registered 15 -- they had nearly as many steals with 12). For his career, Rondo has had only two games with less than three assists in the playoffs -- May 10, 2008 vs. the Cavaliers (0 assists, 24 minutes) and June 12, 2008 vs. the Lakers (2 assists, 17 minutes).

* Kevin Garnett played a mere 27 minutes and shot just 38.5 percent from the floor.

* Ray Allen didn't hit a 3-pointer ... for the second straight game.

* Paul Pierce disappeared for pretty much all but the first three minutes of the first and fourth quarters.

* Rasheed Wallace and Tony Allen combined to produce 2-of-9 shooting with six points over 40 minutes of action.

* The Lakers shot a better percentage from the floor (45.1-44.6 percent).

* Boston endured two fourth-quarter technical fouls, in a frame it trailed to start no less.

* Kobe Bryant hit six trifectas and scored over 30 points.

None of that inspires winning basketball on a regular basis, but the Celtics found a way to win Game 4. Maybe that further speaks to what Glen Davis and Nate Robinson did on the floor.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com



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16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksB. Bass 0.9