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News » Rondo gives Celtics yet another weapon

Rondo gives Celtics yet another weapon

Rondo gives Celtics yet another weapon
BOSTON - The talk has centered on the Big Three all season. The off-season trades that enabled the Boston Celtics to blend Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen with Paul Pierce have turned the NBA's most storied franchise into the prohibitive favorites to win a long-awaited NBA title.

Maybe so, but Rajon Rondo will be the one to lead the Celtics to a 17th NBA championship.

2008 NBA playoffs

None of the Big Three has won an NBA title — and they aren't getting any younger, either.

The always-intense Garnett admitted that he had to slow himself down when he was running the tunnel prior to the start of the game.

"It was like sticking your head out of the window at 140 miles an hour," Garnett said.

There's no reason to have to watch this three more times in the best-of-7 series. Sure, the 76ers pulled off a shocking upset against the mighty Detroit Pistons, but let's face it: These Celtics aren't overlooking anybody.

Pierce tried to put the Game 1 rout into perspective by recalling a 20-point victory over Indiana in the first game of a first-round series against Indiana in 2005.

"We wound up losing the series," he said. "But we took the first game for what it's worth."

Pierce didn't have a couple of running mates like Garnett and Allen back then.

The only reason the Hawks were even in this game for a while was because Pierce and Garnett spent the majority of the second quarter on the bench with foul trouble.

The Celtics have too many weapons — but Rondo is the one that can decimate an opponent.

"Our game plan was to make him make shots," Hawks rookie forward Al Horford said. "And that'll still be our game plan."

While teams may not have much of a choice, they may also live to regret it.

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