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Irish Coffee: How this Celtics team fares in Game 7′s

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On May 24, 2012 @ 1:03 pm In General | 43 Comments

The last and only time Mickael Pietrus played in a Game 7, he played for the Magic and scored 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting (3-3 3P) in a 101-82 blowout of the Celtics in the Garden to win the 2009 Eastern Conference semifinals. (Our own Paul Flannery reminds us of the similarities between that series and this one [1].)

Keyon Dooling hasn’t played in a Game 7 since 2005, when he scored six points on 3-of-6 shooting coming off the bench for the Heat in an 88-82 loss to the Pistons during the Eastern Conference finals. Greg Stiemsma, Ryan Hollins and even Brandon Bass have never played a Game 7, not that it matters much.

How the Celtics fare in Game 7 of this Eastern Conference semifinals against the 76ers depends on how well the Big Four perform. Pietrus should start for Ray Allen, but Doc Rivers probably puts this game in the hands of Allen, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Ganett and Paul Pierce. And who could blame him? After five seasons, 85 playoff games and 50 postseason victories together, they’ve gotten him this far.

Between them, Allen, Rondo, Garnett and Pierce have played 12 playoff games with the series up for grabs, including five as a unit since the 2008 NBA title run (Garnett’s 2009 knee injury cost him two of those). They’re 3-4 as individuals, and 3-2 together — the 2010 NBA finals Game 7 loss to the Lakers freshest in all their minds.

Perhaps how those four have fared in those previous 12 win-or-go-home playoff contests (Garnett, Allen and Pierce each played a Game 5 before the NBA abolished five-game, first-round series in 2003) will offer a glimpse of what to expect in their 13th and perhaps final Game 7 together, on Saturday night against the Sixers in Boston.

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Kevin Garnett

KEVIN GARNETT

1998 Western Conference first round: SuperSonics 97, Timberwolves 84
Garnett: 7 PTS (3-11 FG, 1-2 FT), 4 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 10 TO
2004 Western Conference finals: Timberwolves 83, Kings 80
Garnett: 32 PTS (12-23 FG, 1-1 3P, 7-11 FT), 21 REB, 2 AST, 4 STL, 5 BLK, 2 TO
2008 Eastern Conference first round: Celtics 99, Hawks 65
Garnett: 18 PTS (9-13 FG, 0-1 FT), 11 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO
2008 Eastern Conference semifinals: Celtics 97, Cavaliers 92
Garnett: 13 PTS (5-13 FG, 3-4 FT), 13 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO
2010 NBA finals: Lakers 83, Celtics 79
Garnett: 17 PTS (8-13 FG, 1-1 FT), 3 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 4 BLK, 2 TO

AVERAGES: 17.4 PTS (50.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%, 66.7 FT%), 10.4 REB, 2.6 AST, 1.0 STL, 2.4 BLK, 3.4 TO

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Paul Pierce

PAUL PIERCE

2002 Eastern Conference first round: Celtics 120, 76ers 87
Pierce: 46 PTS (16-25 FG, 8-10 3P, 6-7 FT), 4 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TO
2005 Eastern Conference first round: Pacers 97, Celtics 70
Pierce: 19 PTS (6-13 FG, 0-4 3P, 7-7 FT), 7 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 5 TO
2008 Eastern Conference first round: Celtics 99, Hawks 65
Pierce: 22 PTS (7-20 FG, 2-9 3P, 6-7 FT), 8 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TO
2008 Eastern Conference semifinals: Celtics 97, Cavaliers 92
Pierce: 41 PTS (13-23 FG, 4-6 3P, 11-12 FT), 4 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 4 TO
2009 Eastern Conference first round: Celtics 109, Bulls 99
Pierce: 20 PTS (6-17 FG, 1-4 3P, 7-8 FT), 9 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 2 BLK, 3 TO
2009 Eastern Conference semifinals: Magic 101, Celtics 82
Pierce: 16 PTS (4-13 FG, 1-5 3P, 7-10 FT), 2 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO
2010 NBA finals: Lakers 83, Celtics 79
Pierce: 18 PTS (5-15 FG, 2-3 3P, 6-6 FT), 10 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO

AVERAGES: 26.0 PTS (45.2 FG%, 43.9 3P%, 87.7 FT%), 6.3 REB, 3.7 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.7 BLK, 2.6 TO

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Ray Allen

RAY ALLEN

2000 Eastern Conference first round: Pacers 96, Bucks 95
Allen: 18 PTS (6-21 FG, 2-6 3P, 4-4 FT), 6 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO
2001 Eastern Conference semifinals: Bucks 104, Hornets 95
Allen: 28 PTS (10-18 FG, 2-6 3P, 6-6 FT), 6 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 2 BLK, 4 TO
2001 Eastern Conference finals: 76ers 108, Bucks 91
Allen: 26 PTS (8-18 FG, 4-7 3P, 6-6 FT), 2 REB, 6 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO
2008 Eastern Conference first round: Celtics 99, Hawks 65
Allen: 7 PTS (3-12 FG, 1-5 3P, 0-0 FT), 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO
2008 Eastern Conference semifinals: Celtics 97, Cavaliers 92
Allen: 4 PTS (1-6 FG, 0-2 3P, 2-2 FT), 0 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO
2009 Eastern Conference first round: Celtics 109, Bulls 99
Allen: 23 PTS (6-14 FG, 2-5 3P, 9-9 FT), 7 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 0 TO
2009 Eastern Conference semifinals: Magic 101, Celtics 82
Allen: 23 PTS (9-18 FG, 3-6 3P, 2-2 FT), 4 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO
2010 NBA finals: Lakers 83, Celtics 79
Allen: 13 PTS (3-14 FG, 2-7 3P, 5-6 FT), 2 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 0 BLK, 4 TO

AVERAGES: 17.8 PTS (38.0 FG%, 36.4 3P%, 97.1 FT%), 3.5 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.5 BLK, 1.8 TO

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Rajon Rondo

RAJON RONDO

2008 Eastern Conference first round: Celtics 99, Hawks 65
Rondo: 10 PTS (4-5 FG, 2-2 FT), 3 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO
2008 Eastern Conference semifinals: Celtics 97, Cavaliers 92
Rondo: 8 PTS (4-11 FG, 0-1 3P, 0-0 FT), 8 REB, 8 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TO
2009 Eastern Conference first round: Celtics 109, Bulls 99
Rondo: 7 PTS (2-8 FG, 3-6 FT), 5 REB, 11 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK, 4 TO
2009 Eastern Conference semifinals: Magic 101, Celtics 82
Rondo: 10 PTS (4-10 FG, 0-1 3P, 2-2 FT), 6 REB, 10 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO
2010 NBA finals: Lakers 83, Celtics 79
Rondo: 14 PTS (6-13 FG, 1-2 3P, 1-2 FT), 8 REB, 10 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO

AVERAGES: 9.8 PTS (42.6 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 66.7 FT%), 6.0 REB, 9.0 AST, 1.6 STL, 0.6 BLK, 2.0 TO

***

Combined, the Big Four have averaged 71.0 points (43.6 FG%, 40.0 3P%, 84.6 FT%), 26.2 rebounds, 18.3 assists, 4.6 steals, 4.2 blocks and 9.8 turnovers in decisive Game 5′s or 7′s. Better than Game 6 of this series, I guess.

Will we see 2001 Ray Allen, 2004 Kevin Garnett or 2008 Paul Pierce? Probably not. Honestly, though, none of that will matter if the C’s get 2012 Rajon Rondo (the good one), whose defining Game 7 performance is yet to come.

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