|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM|
"[The loss] wipes it out," Rondo said matter-of-factly. "It's kind of irrelevant. Say you score 40 or 50 points, if you lose, you lose, so all that matters is [wins] and [losses]."
I feel for Rondo. He's done everything during this five game skid. He tried to win the game with a 30 point outburst against the Bulls, and he tried to play a balanced game in Detriot. He flirted with a triple-double, and he would have gotten it if the Celtics made the shots. Rondo had 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in the 89-86 loss. He was Mr. Cutch for the Celtics again, but he fell short again.
Rondo wasn't perfect in the fourth quarter -- two turnovers.Rondo did what some have ripped him apart for not doing enough this season: With the Knicks ahead 82-72 with 6:46 remaining, he took Boston's offense over by having a hand in the team's final 14 points. He scored 10 himself (on 4-of-5 shooting) and he had two assists.
Rondo put forth the effort again, but his team failed him. I felt like Doc squandered the Celtics chances yet again at the start of the 4th. Doc has been resting Rondo more lately. But I felt like he should have rested him earlier in the third, or at least find him more time to rest in the first half. The Celtics start 4th quarters slow, and having Rondo on the bench kills it. Rondo should play the entire 4th quarter.
"We don't want to keep saying that [we fought back]," Rondo said. "We lost the game. We put ourselves in the situation, so a loss is a loss. You can try to take some positives out of it, but at the end of the day, we lost the game. We have to move forward now and move on to Atlanta."
Rondo says we. No blame game with him. All we can do, and all the Celtics can do is move on to the next game. Tonight the Hawks! I wish Danny Ferry could suit up.