Even as fans of the Boston Celtics come to realize that the current team is not going to win the 2012 NBA championship and that the best years of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen are stuck in the past, they can still enjoy performances like the one that the Celtics put out yesterday against the Knicks.
Garnett (18 points and 10 rebounds) continued his streak of excellent play following last Sunday's All-Star Game and Allen (12 points) hit a 3-pointer in overtime to give the Celtics a lead they would never relinquish but the real stars of the day were Pierce and Rajon Rondo.
Pierce torched the Knicks for 34 points and his 3-pointer with 4.9-seconds left in regulation forced overtime. The Celtics captain made the shot despite being off balance and having Iman Shumpert's hand in his face. It was just another clutch play for a player who has made a career out of hitting clutch shots.