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What could've been in regulation for Boston

5/25/2010

It's not something we see a lot of in the NBA. Having just collected a rebound off a miss by Jameer Nelson, the Celtics opt against calling timeout in a tie game with about 16 seconds to play and a chance to close out the Eastern Conference Finals.

Instead, Paul Pierce takes charge when Rajon Rondo hands off the ball at the 9-second mark. Orlando's defense does a nice job of getting set on the possession, and the Celtics never get a shot off -- but probably could have:

Hat tip to TrueHoop reader Robert Kremers for catching the game clock.