|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 17, 2014 at 11:45 PM|
This was the Celtics game to win, and the Lakers spoiled those plans on Rondo's night. Rondo's first 5 minutes wasn't great, and he looked off and perhaps nervous. In his final 15 minutes of action, he looked like Rajon Rondo. He finished with eight points on 4-of-7 shooting with four assists, two rebounds and two steals in just less than 20 minutes of action.
Rondo was also named the 15th team captain in Celtics history, as you can see in the video above. I was full of emotions for this one, and it's a night that I won't forget. As for the game, the Celtics had the lead for 90% of the game, with around a minute to go with the Celtics up 104-102, Marshall hit a three in the corner to give the Lakers a 105-104 lead. The Celtics fought for a jump ball with 16 seconds to go, and here I have a problem. The Lakers clearly hit it out, and the refs first call was Lakers ball. The refs reviewed this for over 5 minutes. On the replay it's clear as day that the Lakers hit the ball out of bounds.
The refs screwed the Celtics over there. Ryan Kelly nailed two free throws for the Lakers, and that gave the Celtics 9 seconds, with no time outs to tie the game. Rondo got the ball and ran up the court. He got a decent look, but the three just missed. Kelly Olynyk scored a career-high 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting with seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block.
The Celtics had a season high 34 assists, Paul Pressey was awesome again with 6 points and 9 assists. The Celtics took 99 shots compared to the Lakers 77. The Celtics had the attempts, and good ones, but they couldn't convert. This was a big loss in the sense that this was another close game lost at home that the Celtics should have won.