Several minutes before Paul Pierce stared into LeBron James’ eyes and rose for a dagger three, Dwyane Wade blocked Brandon Bass’ dunk attempt. The Heat were in the midst of a 13-2 run and held a 78-72 lead with six minutes left. The blocked ball spun through the AmericanAirlines air, and the Celtics season was perhaps slipping away.
But Rajon Rondo tipped the rebound to Mickael Pietrus, who drilled a corner three, which kick-started a run that ended with the Celtics one win away from the NBA Finals.
I present you with Jay’s column for the Springfield Republican on the play that changed everything, and the reasons why maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised.