The Boston Celtics were in the midst of the worst losing streak of the new “Big Three” era. The big part of the losing streak was the team got off to some of the worst starts offensively in those games. A team cannot score 33 points in a half and fall behind double digits and expect to win. The Celtics needed someone to step up and push the issue on offense early. Against the Raptors, Rajon Rondo answered the bell.
Rondo came out attacking early. Rondo would drive the lane and get into the teeth of the Raptors defense by pushing the ball up the floor on every procession early. Normally Rondo looks to set up a teammate on the push, but tonight Rondo was looking to score and he finished or got fouled on almost every drive to the basket.
The result of this attacking was the Raptors needed to put a lot of focus on him. This left his teammates with more room to operate and the Celtics attack flourished in the first quarter to the tune of 29 first quarter points. They would ride this first quarter wave to a 96 to 73 laugher of a win to snap their losing skid.
The Celtics would slip a little in the second quarter, but it did not matter because the tone was set. Instead of playing catch up the entire game, they played with a lead. The Celtics had a double digit lead after one and then exploded in the third to put the game away.
Rajon Rondo would finish the game with 21 points on 7-8 shooting. Rondo also buried 7-11 from the free throw line. The amazing part is Rondo missed the fourth quarter after suffering a sore wrist after falling on it in the third.
The fact that he did not have his usual high assist total meant nothing because the team needs a guy that can create offense. Rondo showed that he is that guy. If he can continue to carry play like this then Boston will return to their winning ways. Remember Go Green Or Go Home!!!!!!!!