May 26, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers in game seven of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden. The Boston Celtics won 85-75 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Roundhouse: May 26th, 2012

Hello again. Did you all enjoy your day without basketball? I’m not really sure I did. It was nice not to have to worry about getting this done, but I missed having basketball to watch. Not to worry, however, as at least the next 9 days will have basketball being played. After that, it depends on how long the respective conference finals last. Let’s hurry up and recap the end of the second round so we can get to our delicious Thunder-Spurs matchup tonight.

Boston Celtics 85, Philadelphia 76ers 75: Celtics win series 4-3

Well, at least it’s over now. The single ugliest series in the playoffs so far — getting the nod over Bulls-Sixers and Celtics-Hawks by virtue of having gone seven games — has produced a sacrificial lamb at long last, and we can finally move on to the Eastern Conference Finals. Perhaps I’m being a bit melodramatic here, but I find it extremely hard to believe that the Celtics even give the Miami Heat a real fight. They’re old, banged up — Avery Bradley is done for the year and Ray Allen continues to have problems with his ankle — and generally not well equipped to take on a Heat team that seems to have figured some stuff out, even without Chris Bosh. At this point, six games looks like an absolute best case scenario for the Celtics. I’d guess it’ll be over in five, though.

I’m going to be honest here. I missed all of this game because I was at a concert that one of my best friends was performing in. At intermission, I pulled out my phone and discovered that the score was 53-50 Boston with 36 seconds left, but I didn’t immediately notice what quarter they were in. You may think I’m recycling this old joke, but I legitimately thought to myself “Wow, that’s kind of a high scoring half — oh wait, that’s the third quarter? Yikes.” Apparently, things picked up in the fourth, but I am not particularly sorry that I missed the game.

The Sixers managed to get good games from Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala, and although Jrue Holiday shot just 5/17 from the field, he did finish with 15 points, 9 assists and 5 steals. But everyone else was pretty bad and Boston had its entire starting lineup score in double figures. Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Rajon Rondo had another triple-double, with 18-10-10.

That reminds me. Why is it that every time Rajon Rondo posts a triple-double, no matter how impressive or unimpressive it is, the media — ESPN, mostly — loses its collective mind over him and starts asking if he’s the best point guard in the league? It drives me nuts. Take this game, for example. In their rush to anoint him, the media seems to have missed the fact that he turned the ball over 7 times. They also seem to periodically forget that Rondo can’t shoot jumpers and can’t make free throws. By this alone, he is relegated to fifth, behind Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Steve Nash and Russell Westbrook. I would take any one of those four — plus a healthy Derrick Rose, if such a thing still existed — before I would take Rondo.

Anyway, this series is over, the Heat will likely make the NBA Finals, and now I’m ready for some Thunder-Spurs. I’m excited.

Sunday, May 27th:

Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs Game 1, 7:30 PM CDT, TNT


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