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Doc Rivers confirms Rondo is human – and don’t call it a slump

Mar 15, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

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Deron Williams outplayed Rajon Rondo last night. Pretty badly. D-Will is one of the games elite point guards so there is no shame in him getting the better of a player, but Rondo didn’t look elite in his 1-for-10 shooting (with nine assists).

As noted over by our man A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England, the problem is this has gone on for a few games (and Boston has lost three of its last four).

On Monday, he had two points while missing 9 of his 10 shots from the field. He also had nine assists, which marked the fifth straight game he failed to tally double-digit assists — the longest such stretch for him this season. During that stretch, he’s shooting 17-for-50, or 34 percent, from the field.

“I’m getting good looks. I’m getting shots, I’m getting floaters. I’m getting lay-ups. I’m just missing right now,” Rondo said. “It’s not mental. I’m just missing.”

The problem is Rondo — his playmaking and energy — are the Celtics spark plug on offense. When he is off, the entire team misfires.

Doc Rivers is taking it in stride — and don’t use that “S” word about Rondo.

“He’s not playing great right now, but I don’t think he’s slumping,” Rivers said…

“He’s human,” Rivers said. “He’s going to go through stretches just like Paul [Pierce], Ray [Allen] and Kevin [Garnett]. They’ve all gone through stretches.”

Well, glad we cleared up he’s not a cyborg.

But this is in fact a slump. That’s not a big deal, every player goes through it. One game soon Rondo will break out if it and his team will come along for the ride. But it is a slump. The Pacers are hoping it lasts just a couple more days at least.

  1. rickmirer - Mar 15, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    He is not human, he is better than human. He is Rajon Robot!

  2. p4ck3r5 - Mar 15, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Robot? Lol

  3. passerby23 - Mar 16, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    How about he is logging too many minutes and doesn’t have his legs? They need Delonte West to spell him. The #1 seed is huge this year for whoever gets it.

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