The Boston Celtics have had a rough season as the franchise has taken the first steps in a rebuilding mode that has been tougher than expected. Trades, low performances of important players and injuries have hurt the team this season, but on Sunday against the Detroit Pistons, their expected leader came through to lead them to a difficult victory.
Playing in front of their fans at the TD Garden, the Celtics hosted the Pistons in a duel between two teams that have done worse than expected this year. Luckily for the home side, Rajon Rondo couldn’t have picked a better time to put up a vintage performance in what was arguably his best performance after coming back from his ACL injury. The veteran PG showed he’s still one of the best players in the NBA as he led Boston to a close 118-111 win.
Rondo showed his passing range against a poor defensive unit, and he had a field day distributing the ball, finishing the game with 18 assists and tying the league’s record for most dimes this season. While it’s true that he keeps showing the same inconsistencies when scoring – 11 points in 5-of-15 from the field – his value is maximized when he can make his teammates put the ball in the basket, something he achieved with ease tonight.
The team as a whole was sharp as six players scored in double-digits and Boston shot nearly 50 percent from the field as a team. While those numbers haven’t been reached on a consistent basis, it was enough to overcome the challenge of the Pistons. And it’s no secret that Rondo was the main reason why Boston finished with a much-needed win when everything was said and done.