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Celitcs not sure if Rondo will play in Wednesday's game against Wizards

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 22, 2014 at 5:15 AM

When was the last time that Rondo played that bad? You can take some posistives from the game against Miami, but it was another game that meant that Rondo is still not Rondo. This is his preseason, and more, because Rondo hasn't played for a year. He's three games in, and he hasn't played up to his standars.


He will talk with trainer Ed Lacerte and other team officials Wednesday morning and "see how it goes. I'll do my best to keep icing and take care of it."

On Tuesday, Rondo played nearly 26 minutes which was the most action he has had since returning to the Celtics lineup.

In Boston's 93-86 loss to Miami, Rondo had one point while missing all eight of his shots from the field.

When asked what he took away from the loss, Rondo said, "Nothing. The only thing is, I don't think I can play any worse than that."

And as Rondo noted, the Celtics do play Washington on Wednesday so he won't have an opportunity to marinate on his poor performance against the Heat.

"It's the NBA. We got a game (on Wednesday)," said Rondo, who quickly noted that he doesn't "know if I'm playing. I don't have to think about this game for very long."

Rondo in his first three games this season, is averaging 5 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.7 rebounds in 22 minutes. For the remainder of the season, Rondo will be getting himself ready for next season and beyond. Is this season lost? No, but what's your take on a loss season. Missing the playoffs? Maybe tanking. This season is about building a culture, like I've said before. If the Celtics make the playoffs, great, they can build off of that, and if they don't. Then fine, this team has become about learning, and Danny's job has been about consrtucitng this team to win soon.

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Reply paul
7:02 AM on January 22, 2014 
I think we will see more tanking moves from Danny. Had Rondo come back strong, you might have seen the opposite. But any last hopes for this season are likely out the window now. I teared up watching the game last night, several times. It was heartbreaking. It's painfully clear that Rondo can't do half of what he would like to do. Some fans are already calling for Rondo to sit. I think that is madness. If he is going to come back, it has to be in the court. I think Brad Stevens told us what it was going to be. He told us that this was going to be a continuation of his rehab. We are watching a player rehab on the court. And the saddest thing about it is that there is no guarantee that he will ever come back. The agility is not there. The speed is not there. The elevation is not there. The explosiveness is not there. His legs aren't in his shots.

It's heartbreaking, but I'm not feeling despair. The team has fought three extremely close games in a row. If they keep up that way, you absolutely can't hate it. Pressey is looking more and more like Rondo's ideal backup. As for Rondo, while I hope that he will eventually begin to push the tempo like Pressey does - and I think fans should call for this and keep calling for it - I think he is giving us a demo of what a great pg he is. You can see how good his court vision is, and how well he understands what is going on in the game, and a lot of it doesn't show up on the stat sheet. On D, he was constantly deflecting balls last night, and getting his hands into passing and dribbling space. On O he was was making good plays almost everytime down the court, and the offense was getting good looks. As the game wore on, last night, I think you could see that his teammates are starting to feel him more. I think the thing to hope for is that Rondo will imperceptibly get better, gradually, game by game, and his teammates will gradually begin to work with him better and better.
Reply paul
7:32 AM on January 22, 2014 
I bought into the fantasy, and it looks like a lot of fans did. I think the team and the media are a lot to blame for this. The fantasy I'm talking about is the idea that Rondo would not only come back strong, but maybe better than ever. That fantasy has been utterly crushed. It's a smear on the floor of the Boston Garden! What we are looking at is a rehab process that is going to take a lot of patience, combined with Rondo's exhibition season, as you mentioned, Shawn, combined with a pg and an entirely new team learning to work together. We are looking at a process! And we have a process oriented coach, so that's good. What we need right now are process oriented fans. Let's have constructive criticism, folks. And lots of patience.

And too, let's notice that in some ways, it's already clear that we do have an improved Rondo. Rondo's leadership skills have MASSIVELY improved. He's clearly more confident with his shot, even though he hasn't found it in game action yet. He's not pushing the tempo as we would like to see, but he's definitely seeing the floor well and setting his teammates up well. If the rehab begins to work, things could get better and maybe a lot better. If this team keeps fighting, the way it's been doing, we are going to go on a nice win streak, and Rondo's stats will start to pick up.

Btw, can we please keep Humphries?
Reply celtsfan
12:49 PM on January 22, 2014 
Paul good resonse. Rondo isnt back better then ever. His free throw shooting is still horrible. Rondo does need to push the tempo,but he wont be able to until he gets his legs. It looks like he is running around with a bag of bricks on his back.
Reply Morena
4:27 PM on January 22, 2014 
Rondo is playing like I expected him to play.
It's going to be a long hard process. But mentally, he's there, and that's something I was really worried about. You're right, the season is not lost.

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