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Rajon Rondo after latest Celtics loss: ‘I pretty much blame this on myself’

Mar 17, 2014, 11:39 AM EDT

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The Celtics dropped a game to the Pelicans on Sunday that required overtime to be decided, and was really anyone’s game down the stretch of both regulation and the extra session.

Rajon Rondo didn’t do a lot offensively to contribute to his team’s chances, finishing just 3-of-14 from the field in 45 minutes on the floor, which included two misses in overtime — a makable floater in the lane, and a three-pointer he had to launch to beat the shot clock that wasn’t really close.

Rondo is one of the more well-rounded point guards in the game, however, and does other things to help his team. He finished with 14 assists against only two turnovers, and also grabbed eight rebounds. But his lack of offense seemed to bother him after this one, and Rondo attempted to take the blame for the loss.

From A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com:

Rajon Rondo understands his role as the Boston Celtics’ leader is to deliver when it matters most.

But for the second straight game, the Celts came up short in the closing seconds of a game that was indeed anyone’s for the taking. And while the responsibility should be spread liberally across the roster as well as the coaching staff, Rondo once again put much of the blame for Sunday’s 121-120 overtime loss to New Orleans on his shoulders.

“We keep coming up short,” Rondo told reporters following Sunday’s loss, which extended their road losing streak against Western Conference teams to 19. “I have to do a better job of finishing plays. I pretty much blame this on myself again.”

The Celtics are rebuilding, and Rondo is there to provide veteran leadership — so these comments don’t come as much of a surprise. But there’s one problem with his logic, despite the game’s closeness.

He wasn’t guarding Anthony Davis.

The Pelicans big man was completely unstoppable, finishing with 40 points and 21 rebounds, while adding three assists and three blocked shots. When someone on the opposing team has a statistical outing like that one, it’s a little silly to to blame oneself.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Rondo needs to be shutdown for the rest of the season. Just a risk of injury on meaningless games…

    • sapmackey - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Rondo needs to play as the team leader so they can build chemistry. I really do not think the Celtics want to win many of these games but they want to not appear to be tanking like Philly is doing They want to keep their fans watching as the players are being evaluated to see who we can keep to play along side Rondo as our 5-12 option

    • spursareold - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      You don’t really think Boston is going to keep him, do you?

      You can’t shop him if you don’t play him to show he’s recovering.

  2. stayhigh_247 - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    This was AD’s night, it wasn’t anything Rondo could have done to stop him.

    • jcmeyer10 - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Exactly, watching the shot he hit to go up before Hump made a miracle shot summed it all up.

  3. csbanter - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Rondo needs to play with stars. Obviously without the big 3 he’s not the same. The Rockets should make a run at him during the off season. Parsons, Asik, and Lin for Rondo. Maybe the Knicks can get involved, Tim Hardaway Jr, and next years #1 pick.

    • prokilla - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Lebron & Dwade for Parson, asik and Lin will be more fair , dont u think?? SMDH…

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