Archive for the ‘Rajon Rondo’ Category

The Little Engine That Could
April 21, 2009

“And so when I walked to the locker room I told Rondo that he had the keys to the team – and just go play. And stop asking me questions.”

That’s Doc Rivers on our budding superstar point guard Rajon Rondo. He secured a triple double by the 3rd quarter. He had:

  • More assists than Rose and Hinrich combined
  • More rebounds than Joakim Noah
  • More steals than the Bulls starting five

All this on a sprained, swollen ankle. He was every bit as important as Ray Allen in last night’s win.

Like a proud father, I feel like I can’t mention Rondo without including Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins. Big Baby firing up jumpers like Danny Ainge. And Perk playing with a controlled ferocity on the boards. I give Perk immense credit for not snapping Noah in half.

Let’s step outside the 2009 playoffs for a moment. Rondo, Davis and Perk showed me there will be life after the Big 3.

On the injury front, Leon sprained his left knee last night. I wouldn’t expect to see him the rest of this series. Fortunately Scal should be back for Thursday’s Game 3 in Chicago (Did I actually type that sentence?).

If you want proof that the Celtics bench play was hideous, check out the +/- in the box score.

The Truth has been anything but Superman in this series. But there’s a bright side to that:

“I think we feel very confident because we feel like we haven’t played good basketball yet,” Pierce said. “We win [Game 2] and we feel like we should have won Game 1 and we just say, ‘I feel like this is pretty much our ‘C’ game. We are not a team that gives up 100 points in consecutive games. I think our best is yet to come.”

Today’s Links: Globe – Bulls Had No Answer For Rondo | Allen Helps Bring C’s Even | More KG Speculation | Dual Went Down to Last Shot | Herald – C’s Dodge Bullet | Bulpett – Ray Stuck in Dream | Buckley – Rondo Makes His Point | Leon’s Other Knee Acts Up | Del Negro and Doc Good Friends |Shootout Marks Anniv. of Jordan Explosion | Fox – Allen to the Rescue |WEEI – 5 Things We Learned |

Rondo Out 7-10 Days?
March 8, 2009

Via NESN.com:

A source has informed NESN.com’s Liam Martin that starting Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo could miss seven to 10 days with a sprained ankle.

The measure is believed to be precautionary, as Rondo finished Friday night’s game against the Cavaliers after suffering the injury in the first quarter.

These injuries are really starting to piss me off.

Birthday Bash
February 22, 2009

Rajon Rondo (32 pts, 13-18 FG, 10 assists, 6 reb, 3 stls) celebrated his 23rd birthday by dismantling the Suns. He got to the hoop whenever he wanted and made Steve Nash look 50 years old. When Rondo tailed off a bit in the 2nd half, Paul Pierce (26 pts, 6 reb) stepped up his game. Ray Allen (31 pts, 4-8 3FG) was deadly accurate all afternoon long.

The Celtics slapped the Suns and their fans back down to earth with this 128 – 108 win. Phoenix had scored 140+ in each of their last 3 games. But they were playing against the big boys today.

The Celtics took 14 more free throws than Phoenix in this game. There were plenty of moments in the 2nd half when the fans moaned and groaned after some calls. But Jeff Van Gundy was quick to point out, that most of the calls by the refs were good calls.

Box Score | Recap

Rondo Makes His Case
January 28, 2009

Rajon Rondo (24 pts, 10-15 FG, 9 assists, 1 TO) sure looked like an All-Star in this one. I’m hoping the coaches who have yet to make up their mind check out the highlights from the Celtics 119-100 win over the Kings.

Unlike most of the games in this 9 game winning streak, the Celtics started sluggish. But the bench provided quite a boost. Eddie House (28 pts, 8-9 3FG) got most of the attention for his insane shooting. But I was more impressed with TA (10 pts, 5-5 FG, 8 reb, 2 stls and one ferocious block on Kevin Martin). He surely didn’t look like a guy who missed 11 games with a sprained ankle. If he keeps playing like this…nevermind. We’ve been down that road too many times.

My brain still has difficulty computing Celtics wins when Paul Pierce (8 pts, 1-5 FG, 8 assists) doesn’t score. Guess those scars from the 2005 – 2007 seasons haven’t fully healed.

Box Score | Recap

A straightarm right to the chops.” – Tommy Heinsohn on how he’d respond to Brad Miller’s cheap shot on Rondo.

Best. Year. Ever.
December 20, 2008

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2008.

A lot of things have happened to the Celtics over this year.  And I think when you add them all up, you’ve got the best single year in Celtics history.

I know, I know.  Everyone is always in a rush to declare things as “the best ever.”  Trust me, I think it’s ridiculous too.  It lacks perspective.  But the year 2008 really has been the best year in Celtics history.  I’m not talking about this season or last season.  I’m talking about January to December

I make my case, and end it with a slide show of some of the championship moments, on the Examiner.  So check it out.

Little All-Star Love for the Celtics
December 11, 2008

Paris Hilton wants you to vote for Rondo.

The NBA has released the current voting tally for the All-Star game, and the results are not pretty for Celtics fans.

Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 643,786; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 495,514; Yi Jianlian (NJ) 356,556; Chris Bosh (Tor) 274,195; Paul Pierce (Bos) 153,512; Shawn Marion (Mia) 144,066; Josh Smith (Atl) 59,574; Tayshaun Prince (Det) 56,846; Hedo Turkoglu (Orl) 56,006; Danny Granger (Ind) 49,752; Michael Beasley (Mia) 48,999.

Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 623,311; Allen Iverson (Det) 492,093; Vince Carter (NJ) 236,634; Ray Allen (Bos) 174,155; Jose Calderon (Tor) 124,705; Luke Ridnour (Mil) 123,104; Jameer Nelson (Orl) 116,228; Derrick Rose (Chi) 102,263; Joe Johnson (Atl) 94,847; Devin Harris (NJ) 94, 294; Gilbert Arenas (Wash) 64,450.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 775;933; Samuel Dalembert (Phi) 116,708; Rasheed Wallace (Det) 88,885; Jermaine O’Neal (Tor) 75,324; Al Horford (Atl) 45,284; Ben Wallace (Clev) 40,799; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 36,479; Zyrdrunas Ilgauskas (Clev) 28,022; Kendrick Perkins (Bos) 24,777; Emeka Okafor (Char) 15,323.

Stop looking for Rondo’s name. He didn’t make the top 10. The 123,104 people who voted for Luke Ridnour should never be allowed to watch an NBA game again.* The Chinese are clearly under government order to stuff the ballot boxes for Yi Jianlian.

And who are the idiots voting for Allen Iverson? The biggest crime may be that Chris Bosh has 120,00 more votes than Paul Pierce. Did anybody watch the Finals? Holy crap…NBA fans are dumb.

A giant Thank You to Jess Camerato for the tip….

*Editor’s Note:  In a previous version of this post, I referred to Ridnour and Yi as teammates. This is not the case. I am a moron.

Where’s Rondo?
December 5, 2008

Notice the empty seat next to Ray Allen. Rajon Rondo got caught up in traffic and was late for the team photo. But when you see the official photograph, Rondo will be there. His picture was taken afterwards and will be superimposed in the final version.

Take Notice
November 26, 2008

God damn, this kid has taken his game to the next level. Once the national media runs out of LeBron to NY stories, they’ll have to start writing about Rondo’s game. Check out this stat line:

22 pts, 9-15 FG, 8 reb, 7 assists, 2 stls and ZERO turnovers

This should have been a blowout, but the C’s decided to nap during the 2nd quarter. How else can you explain getting outscored 39-19? But as usual, the Celtics roared back after the half, lead by Rondo’s 15 3rd quarter points. Ray had his stroke tonight – 25 pts, 5-7 3FG. Overall the bench play was weak, except for Tony Allen who chipped in with 9 points while playing the entire 4th quarter as Doc countered the Warriors small lineup.

Box Score | Recap

After the jump, some great pics of KG doing his thing…

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Pistons Got Rondo’d
November 20, 2008

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

Rajon Rondo (18 pts, 8 assts) played his game to perfection tonight against the Pistons. He routinely sliced his way through the Detroit defense and either drove to the hoop or passed to an open teammate. He even nailed a 3-pointer. Oh yeah, he also had 3 steals and harassed Allen Iverson.

The bench, specifically Tony Allen and Eddie House, helped break this game open with a 28-point 2nd quarter. It was clear Detroit wanted no part of this fight. Down 9 at the half, Rasheed and friends came out flatter than the Olsen twins. At one point in the fourth, the Celtics lead reached 27.

The Celtics are now 4-0 against their supposed contenders in the East – Detroit, Cleveland and Toronto.

Box Score | Recap

After the jump, another great picture of my favorite sports reporter and some dude playing with his….

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Shocker: Rondo Will Return
October 15, 2008

Danny Ainge says the Celtics will exercise the $2 million option in Rajon Rondo’s contract for the 2009-10 season and they will do it before this season starts.

“It makes me feel good, they still want me,” said the 22-year-old Rondo, who averaged 10.6 points, 5.1 assists, and 1.7 steals in 29.9 minutes per game last season. “It feels good to know that someone still wants you.”

Still want you? That might be an understatement. Why wouldn’t the Celtics want  a guy who eventually is going to be one of the top 5 point guards in the league? Now that we got the love out of the way, let’s talk business. Rondo’s agent is already pushing for a long-term deal, but the number of years and money will depend a lot on how Rajon progresses this year.

Unfortunately, due to the ignorance of Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports, the issue of racism in sports is once again a hot topic in Boston. Mr. Rosenthal felt the need to point out how “white” the Red Sox are. In a nutshell, he raises the issue, yet doesn’t accuse the ownership of racism, but says the low number of black players could affect how prospective free-agents view the team. What? Not surprisingly, he contradicts himself several times throughout the article.

This is an issue we’ve danced around a few times here on Red’s Army. While the topic was discussed this morning on Opie & Anthony, a caller from NH said Tim Duncan has a no-trade to Boston clause in his contract and insinuated it was due to Boston’s racist rep. Has anyone heard this? Ignorance is an ugly, ugly thing. 

Read Rosenthal’s column…and tell us what you think.