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A Week in Review: The Second Round

Posted on May 18, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Best plays of the second round:

- Watch Rajon Rondo throw a behind-the-back pass while airborne.

- Watch Rajon Rondo again, this time faking out the entire Cavaliers’ team.

- Watch Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire run the pick-and-roll to perfection.

- Watch Tony Allen abuse Antawn Jamison on this spectacular dunk.

- Watch Goran Dragic make an incredible 4-point-play.

Best individual performances of the second round:

- Rajon Rondo had a fabulous series against the Cavaliers. Everyone thinks of the “Big Three,” Pierce, Allen and Garnett, when they hear about the Celtics, but Rondo was really the one that helped them beat the #1 seeded Cavs. He averaged 21 points and 12 assists per game in the series, and in game 4, had 18 rebounds. The guy’s only 6-1! Speaking of Rondo, I slightly remember predicting a few things about Rondo in my first article of the season in September. I quote myself, “I think a breakout player this year is Rajon Rondo. He came less than ½ assist and ½ rebound short of averaging a triple-double in the playoffs. This may be a sign of what he can do in the future. I think he will be an All Star this year [came true] and may even show shades of Oscar Robertson [triple doubles]. I think Rondo can turn the "Big Three" into the "Big Four," and maybe even go all the way to the finals [They are leading in the semi-finals].”

- Dwight Howard helped the Magic cruise past the Hawks by averaging 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game.

- Pau Gasol had 25 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 4 assists against the Jazz in game 1.

- Suns’ backup Goran Dragic had 23 points in the fourth quarter alone on the road against the Spurs. The Suns were losing at the start of the fourth period and just planned to rest their starters for a minute or two. Dragic played so well that the starters never even had to get out their seats except to give him a standing ovation.

- In game 4 against the Spurs, Steve Nash got stitches on his eye in the third quarter. He came back in the fourth quarter and got 10 points and 5 assists with his eye looking like this.

Best team performances of the second round:

- The Lakers big men had 14 rebounds apiece in game 2 against the Jazz.

- The Magic trampled the Hawks by 25.25 points per game in their second round series.

- The Suns swept their long-time rivals the Spurs, who had beaten them in their past five times in the postseason.

Please comment and give me your opinion.

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Reply Lev to Dad
9:23 PM on May 18, 2010 
It's not an individual effort. Remember, "team" also doesn't have a "15" in it. Multiple players putting in effort is a team effort.

Everyone says the Cavs always put in team effort when really it's just Lebron.
Reply Dad
9:21 PM on May 18, 2010 
How is 42 rebounds among three players a team effort? Remember "Team" doesn't have a 3 in it, or an "I".