Green Street
NEED TO KNOW
Don't forget to follow Ben on Twitter.
A WEEI.com Celtics Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network

Rondo takes on the big screen

05.10.10 at 1:03 am ET
By   |   Comments

Rajon Rondo played the leading role in the Celtics‘ win over the Cavaliers on Sunday. It’€™s not the only role he’€™s playing this week.

Rondo has a cameo role in the upcoming film ‘€œJust Wright,’€ a romantic comedy about a basketball player starring Common and Queen Latifah, which opens in theaters on Friday.

‘€œI’€™m friends with Common,’€ Rondo told WEEI.com. ‘€œHe asked me if I wasn’€™t doing anything, there was a basketball movie and he would try to get me a part in it, and he did.’€

Rondo shot his scene last summer in New York. He soaked up the total movie experience, complete with hair, makeup and long hours on set.

‘€œIt was actually different than I expected,’€ he said. ‘€œWe were on set for like 12 hours. My actual shot is maybe like 30 seconds.’€

Even though Rondo did not have a speaking role in the movie, he still enjoyed being part of the production.

‘€œ[My favorite part was] just seeing how they do it,’€ he said. ‘€œI’€™ve never been on a movie set before so it was just first experience. I didn’€™t know you do one particular scene like an entire day. We did maybe like 20 takes. It was crazy. I didn’€™t expect it. But the guys from the cast were very funny, so I had a great time.’€

Rondo is not the first Celtic to have a brush with the silver screen. Ray Allen starred in ‘€œHe Got Game’€ and Glen Davis was a top candidate for the leading role in ‘€œThe Blind Side.’€ But don’€™t expect Rondo to be sending out demo tapes any time soon.

‘€œI’€™m not trying to pursue an acting career,’€ he said. ‘€œI was myself in the movie.’€

Rondo has proved he doesn’t need to be in movies to play a starring role.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Rajon Rondo,

Turnaround Tony

05.09.10 at 9:29 pm ET
By   |   Comments

While everyone will rightfully point to Rajon Rondo’s historic triple-double performance in Game 4 on Sunday against Cleveland as the spark the Celtics needed, it was Tony Allen’s all-around court presence that might have made the biggest difference at the biggest moments of the game.

Allen ‘€” as is his style ‘€” came in full speed off the bench, running interference on LeBron James and flying down the court with the greatest of ease, taking passes from Rondo and dunking the ball to energize the Celtics and the TD Garden crowd in a crucial 97-87 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With the game tied at 70 late in the third quarter, Allen was smart enough to follow Rondo in transition. As Rondo drew James to the basket, that left Allen wide open. With a half-circle behind-his-back pass, Rondo fed Allen for a dunk and the Garden exploded.

‘€œYa, that’€™s what you call an energy play from Rondo,” Allen said. “I mean he had energy all night. I don’€™t know what his stat-line was like but I know it was big and we fed off of his energy all night.”

Early in the fourth quarter, Allen had the chance to return the favor when he drew James to the basket, only to find a trailing Rondo behind him for another easy basket.

“It’s just one of those things where I got out in transition and we figured if we could get out quick, we could get some easy baskets,” Allen said.

Then there was just the simple matter of winning a game the Celtics absolutely needed, especially after the worst home-court playoff loss in Celtics history on Friday.

‘€œNobody wants to apart of history from a losing effort, losing by 30 in your home court,” Allen said. “Everybody was looking at film yesterday and was down on themselves. I think today they came out and just wanted to turn that negative energy that we had last game into something big today. I think that we did a good job of that.

‘€œWe all do a great job of listening to [defensive coach] Tom Thibodeau, Doc [Rivers] do a good job of drawing up plays, but most importantly we hang our hats on defense. I think that’€™s why we were big today.’€

From the moment the season began, Doc Rivers told the Allen off the bench that his playing time will be dictated by two things – his defense and his energy.

Both have been in high gear at the best time of year for the Celtics so far.

‘€œMost definitely, I think once I get a few chip in baskets, they give me a little energy but for the most part I am a defender first on that court,” Allen said. “I need to do that in order for me to stay out there.’€

With Paul Pierce saddled with five fouls and Ray Allen using all six of his, it was up to Allen off the bench to assume responsibility for helping to hold LeBron in check. And with just 22 points in 43 minutes, Allen and the Celtics accomplished their goal.

‘€œMy plan for that was to listen to [defensive coach] Tom Thibodeau and call out those sets before hand and him looking at that formation, and I was just ready to roll. He did a good job just telling me the formation.

‘€œBasically all I have to say is that our whole concept is feeding off of our defense. Our team concept is slow to the ball and get it out to the shooters. I was just trying to be active on our team defense and I took advantage of that today and I was fortunate enough to convert that in the fourth quarter,’€ Allen said.

If the Celtics can get more of that in the next week from Tony Allen, they might just need him later in May, too.

Read More: Cavaliers, Celtics, LeBron James, NBA playoffs

Fast Break: Celtics – Cavs

05.09.10 at 6:32 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Final Score: Celtics 97, Cavaliers 87

The Celtics overcame an early deficit to hold on for a critical Game 4 win. The C’€™s tied up the Eastern Conference Semifinals series at one apiece as they head to Cleveland for Game 5 on Tuesday.

Player of the game: Rajon Rondo fueled the Celtics efforts with 29 points, 18 rebounds, and 13 assists in 47 minutes. The home crowd chanted ‘€œM-V-P’€ as he shot free throws at the close of the game.

First Quarter: Celtics 31, Cavaliers 22

By the time the Cavaliers had jumped out to a 7-0 lead, the Celtics had shot 0-for-3, been whistled for two fouls, and committed a turnover. It was only 2:13 into the game.

Then the shots began to fall for the Celtics. Ray Allen hit a jumper, Rajon Rondo drove the lane, and Kevin Garnett made it to the free throw line. The Celtics went on an 8-0 run before taking the lead, 13-12, with 6:22 to go. From that point on, they outscored the Cavs, 18-10, to end the first quarter leading by nine.

Rondo led all players with 11 points, five rebounds, and three assists. LeBron James led the Cavs with eight points. The Celtics outscored the Cavs 14-8 in the paint. They also outrebounded the Cavs, 13-6, and outscored them 7-0 on second chance points.

But the Celtics were not in the clear. Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins were sidelined early with two personal fouls. Rasheed Wallace picked up three in five minutes.

Halftime: Celtics 54 – Cavs 45

It was a physical first half between the Celtics and Cavaliers, leaving key members of both teams in foul trouble.

There were 31 personal fouls called, 18 on the Celtics and 13 on the Cavs. More importantly, key members of each squad were getting whistled:

Celtics: Rasheed Wallace (4), Ray Allen (3), Kendrick Perkins (3), Paul Pierce (2), Kevin Garnett (2), Tony Allen (2)

Cavs: Shaquille O’€™Neal (3), Antawn Jamison (2), Mo Williams (2), J.J. Hickson (2)

Rondo led all players with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. James led the Cavs with 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. The C’€™s had a nine-point lead in spite of just five points from Paul Pierce, thanks in part to their defense. They are outrebounded the Cavs 24-16 and held them without any second chance points.

Rather than give up a basket, Paul Pierce intentionally fouled Shaq and drew his fourth personal.

Third Quarter: Celtics 74, Cavaliers 72

Foul trouble continued to plague the Celtics in the third quarter, as they saw their nine-point halftime lead dwindle.

Rather than give up a basket, Pierce intentionally Shaquille O’€™Neal and drew his fourth personal. The play sent Pierce to the bench with the Celtics up, 60-51, and 8:41 to go. The Cavs outscored the C’€™s, 21-14, the remainder of the quarter. Anderson Varejao tied the game at 67 apiece off of a driving layin before Tony Allen scored the Celtics final four points of the quarter to give them a two-point lead.

Rondo recorded a triple-double in the quarter with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. James and O’€™Neal scored 17 apiece for the Cavs.

Fourth quarter: Celtics 97, Cavaliers 87

The Celtics opened the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run, with eight of the points coming from Tony Allen and Glen Davis. It was a necessary boost as Ray Allen and Pierce were limited with five fouls apiece. (Ray Allen eventually fouled out.) But after the bench helped put the Celtics ahead, Doc Rivers turned to his starters to finish the job. All five starters were on the court with just under three minutes to play and the C’€™s up, 88-84. They closed out the game on a 9-3 run to give the Celtics a Game 4 win.

Game 4 Notes:

– There were 58 personal fouls issued between the Celtics and Cavs. Ray Allen fouled out, Pierce, Garnett, Perkins, and O’Neal were called for five, and Wallace, James, Jamison, and Williams were whistled for four.

– The Celtics outrebounded the Cavs, 47-33. After 18 boards from Rondo, no one on the C’s grabbed more than six. No Cavaliers reached 10 rebounds.

– The Celtics and Cavs combined for 5-for-35 from 3-point range. Ray Allen (1/8 3PG) hit the Celtics only trey.

Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics – Cavaliers

05.09.10 at 5:48 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics 74, Cavaliers 72

Foul trouble continued to plague the Celtics in the third quarter, as they saw their nine-point halftime lead dwindle.

Rather than give up a basket, Paul Pierce intentionally Shaquille O’€™Neal and drew his fourth personal. The play sent Pierce to the bench with the Celtics up, 60-51, and 8:41 to go. The Cavs outscored the C’€™s, 21-14, the remainder of the quarter. Anderson Varejao tied the game at 67 apiece off of a driving layin before Tony Allen scored the Celtics final four points of the quarter to give them a two-point lead.

Rajon Rondo continues to lead all players with 23 points.

Ray-Ray: Our predicament is ‘not too bad’

05.09.10 at 4:56 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Ray Allen has always been extraordinary when it came to putting things in proper perspective – especially when the spotlight is brightest.

Everyone watching the Celtics on Friday night couldn’t believe they got blown out of their own building and were trailing by as many as 35, suffering their worst-ever home court playoff loss.

But Allen, before Game 4 Sunday, played it cool, just like he was taking a potential game-winning three-point shot.

“You go into Game 3, it’s almost Game 1 for both teams because you haven’t playing four days so you can’t take anything from the first two games and think there’s going to be too many similarities,” Allen said, attempting to explain the overwhelmingly poor performance.

“You’re almost starting fresh, everybody has a couple of days off, sitting around watching games and just relaxing. It’s like your first game of the playoffs so to speak.”

Allen certainly looked like he was taking his own words to heart in the first half of Game 4 Sunday when he got out in transition with Rajon Rondo and spotted up for open look after open look, drilling a couple of key 3-pointers. He even got into it with LeBron James, late in the second quarter, showing an emotional spark rarely seen.

Maybe it was the fact the Celtics found themselves in a virtual must-win situation, down 2-1, with Game 5 Tuesday in Cleveland. Or maybe he was just trying to provide an emotional jump-start to his teammates.

But Allen believes in not making the game any bigger than life. He sees a 2-1 deficit entirely manageable if the Celtics play their game, get to the basket and attack.

“Really hard to put a finger on it,” Allen said. “You have to deal with the predicament we’re in, which is really not too bad.”

Doc Rivers had a slightly different but still similar take on the dire need to win Game 4 at home and what happened in Game 3.

“If we had lost by three or lost by 40 or won by three or 40, it has to be the each mindset to begin each game,” the Celtics coach said. “I thought they came in to Game 3 with the right one and I didn’t think we did. And I think in Games 1 and 2, you can say we did. I don’t know if they didn’t but I know we did.

“I really don’t care about their mindset really, honestly. There’s going to be a game in this series where both teams are going to play great and we’re going to have to find a way of winning that game.”

Read More: Cavaliers, Celtics, LeBron James, NBA playoffs

Halftime Wrap: Celtics – Cavs

05.09.10 at 4:55 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Halftime Wrap: Celtics 54 – Cavs 45

It was a physical first half between the Celtics and Cavaliers, leaving key members of both teams in foul trouble.

There were 31 personal fouls called, 18 on the Celtics and 13 on the Cavs. More importantly, key members of each squad were getting whistled:

Celtics: Rasheed Wallace (4), Ray Allen (3), Kendrick Perkins (3), Paul Pierce (2), Kevin Garnett (2), Tony Allen (2)

Cavs: Shaquille O’€™Neal (3), Antawn Jamison (2), Mo Williams (2), J.J. Hickson (2)

Rajon Rondo leads all players with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. LeBron James leads the Cavs with 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. The C’€™s have a nine-point lead in spite of just five points from Paul Pierce, thanks in part to their defense. They are outrebounding the Cavs 24-16 and have held them without any second chance points.

First Quarter Wrap: Celtics – Cavs

05.09.10 at 4:11 pm ET
By   |   Comments

First Quarter Wrap: Celtics 31, Cavaliers 22

By the time the Cavaliers had jumped out to a 7-0 lead, the Celtics had shot 0-for-3, been whistled for two fouls, and committed a turnover. It was only 2:13 into the game.

Then the shots began to fall for the Celtics. Ray Allen hit a jumper, Rajon Rondo drove the lane, and Kevin Garnett made it to the free throw line. The Celtics went on an 8-0 run before taking the lead, 13-12, with 6:22 to go. From that point on, they outscored the Cavs, 18-10, to end the first quarter leading by nine.

Rondo leads all players with 11 points, five rebounds, and three assists. LeBron James leads the Cavs with eight points. The Celtics outscored the Cavs 14-8 in the paint. They also outrebounded the Cavs, 13-6, and outscored them 7-0 on second chance points.

But the Celtics are not in the clear. Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins were sidelined early with two personal fouls. Rasheed Wallace picked up three in five minutes.

Celtics Box Score
Celtics Schedule
Celtics Headlines
NBA Headlines