The Boston Celtics tried to compete against the Miami Heat and after going down early in the first half, they fought back and even recovered a lead in the final quarter, but couldn’t prevail in the end.
LeBron James took control of the contest in the final minutes of the game and after scoring nine of the last 11 points for the Heat, Miami came out on top with an 93-86 win, but more important than the victory – which was widely expected comparing the talent on both teams – the performance of Rajon Rondo needs to be highlighted.
The star PG played in only his third game this season after tearing his ACL last year, but it was the first time he faced a top team in the NBA. Rondo was often pressured, looked a few steps slower and his shooting was severely off target as a result; he ended the contest with a poor stat line that should raise a few eyebrows going forward.
Rondo finished the game with only one point after missing his eight attempts from the field and netting only one of his four free throws, showing a lot of rust in both his mechanics and his shot selection. He added three rebounds and five assists, but also committed three turnovers — although that was expected based on the tough competition he faced throughout the night.
The Celtics are currently out of the playoff picture and they need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible before they fall in the standings even further. In order to achieve that, however, they need Rondo at his best and the team will suffer constantly if he doesn’t improve from tonight’s outing.