Rajon Rondo continued his brilliance for the Celtics with 21 points and 14 rebounds to go with his three assists and one steal against three turnovers in a balanced effort for Boston (all five starters in double digits and three players with 21+). Glen “Big Baby” “Ticket Stub” Davis drilled the buzzer beater to even the series at two games apiece.
Western Kentucky product Courtney Lee was again in the lineup for the Magic with a protective mask following a solid return off the bench—11 points in 32 minutes in Game 3 he posted 23 minutes and was 3-of-8 from the field for eight points, three boards and an assist versus one turnover. Game 5 will be played Tuesday night at 8pm ET back in Boston.
Chuck Hayes, due to Yao Ming being sidelined for the rest of the postseason, was inserted into Houston’s starting lineup and did what folks in the Bluegrass got to enjoy for four years. Hayes played 36 minutes and went 1-of-2 from the field for two points, but grabbed nine rebounds, had two assists, four steals and blocked a shot while turning it over just once. The Rockets destroyed the Lakers to even the series at two games apiece, with Game 5 coming Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
Randolph Morris hasn’t seen one second of action in Atlanta’s three sacrificial games to Cleveland. And Murray State’s James Singleton has put up seven points, three boards, a block and a turnover in just under 22 minutes of action against Denver.