Rajon Rondo did a little of everything on both ends of the floor in Boston's 92-85 win. (AP)For any opponent of the Miami Heat, the biggest task is stopping Dwyane Wade. He is capable of going off for 25, 30, even 40 points on any given night and can single-handedly win games.



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The box score is deceiving. The final score may look like an easy victory for the Celtics,, But Friday night's 116-103 win against the Raptors was an emotion-filled 48 minutes of basketball.



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Their 31-point victory over the 76ers earlier in the season clued the Celtics into what was in store on Wednesday night. They weren't expecting another blowout. Rather, they knew this young team would come out swinging and try to prove a point on the Celtics homecourt.

The 76ers did just that.

They made the Celtics fight until the very last second until they finally secured a 113-110 victory over the determined visiting team, Wednesday night.



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Paul Pierce came up big Sunday against the Knicks, as he has all season. (AP)It’s all about perspective these days for the Celtics. They played the Orlando Magic down to the wire on Friday night, but were in the words of their coach, Doc Rivers, “awful.”



There are times for analysis, times for insight and then there are times when one should simply get out of the way and just let the coach call it.



The start of the game looked familiar. The Celtics were outhustled on the boards. They struggled to find their groove behind the arc. Heading into halftime, it looked as if the undermanned Warriors had a legitimate shot at upsetting the Celtics.
 
But the Celtics found their step again in the third quarter and pulled ahead, exposing the Warriors' lack of depth and inexperience. Led by Rajon Rondo, the Celtics played aggressive basketball to run away with a 109-95 victory. (Recap.)



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Kevin Garnett was talking about defending the pick and roll Monday, which is the most essential play in basketball and one that has been giving the Celtics all kinds of trouble ever since Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns worked it to death a little over a week ago.

In his career Garnett must have seen the pick and roll, what? Fifty thousand times? More?

Listening to him talk was like listening to John Hannah talk about leverage or Pedro Martinez talk about working both sides of the plate. The mundane can truly be fascinating with the right person speaking.



Joe Johnson knew what the Hawks were up against.
 
“For us, they've been a thorn in our butt,” he said before the game against the Celtics. “We know how tough it is to win in this building, but if we want to be one of those elite teams, we have to win in this building.”
 



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Marquis Daniels will return to Indiana to face his former team on Saturday. (AP)Marquis Daniels and Shelden Williams want to move forward this season with the Celtics.



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Kevin Garnett showed explosiveness in scoring 17 against the Jazz. (AP)There are nights like this in the NBA sometimes.