Celtics, Lakers Rivalry Far From What It Once Was in Rajon Rondo's Return

By Greg Douglas
Rajon Rondo
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The Boston Celtics fell to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday in Rajon Rondo‘s return, and now drop to 14-27 overall. Rondo was limited to just 19 minutes in his first game action in close to a year, but did provide value in the short amount of time the veteran guard played. Rondo recorded eight points, four assists and two rebounds and showed flashes of the player he is capable of being. Rondo is widely considered one of the best point guards in the game and Friday’s contest showed promise of a bright future. The guard who led the league in triple-doubles last year will look to continue forward in the right direction as the season goes on.

The Lakers came from behind in the fourth quarter and beat the Celtics 107-104 in a game where Los Angeles shot 50 percent from the floor. While Pau Gasol led the way with 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, guard Kendall Marshall contributed with 19 points and 14 assists in the best game of his young career. The Celtics were not able to hold off the push from the Lakers late and the team from L.A. got a much needed victory.

The two most storied programs in basketball now find themselves looking up in the standings and the 2010 finals where the two teams met are a distant memory. Oh, how the mighty have fallen in such a short time, but in the end, neither of these teams could outrun father time. Kobe Bryant remains sidelined for the Lakers and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are far from their prime in their new home.

Both teams currently sit out of the playoff picture and while Boston sits 12th in the East, the Lakers sit 13th in the West. The two teams do not have championships on their mind at the moment, with the question now being, who will return to greatness first?

Greg Douglas is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.

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