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Boston Celtics Still Competing Despite Lost Season

Rajon Rondo

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

When a team’s season is going as awful as the Boston Celtics‘ has been, it is easy to throw in the towel early and give up the rest of the year. This Celtics squad will have no part in that. Despite having less than a 0.4 percent chance of making the playoffs, the Celtics have been playing their best basketball of the season.

The fact that this team still continues to play with pride and leave it all out on the court is a credit to coach Brad Stevens. The first-year head coach has been brilliant this season, getting the most out of his weak roster. He is not worried about the win-loss column, rather the development of the team and the individual pieces. He puts this team in the best position to win very single night, no matter the competition. The same was true against the Phoenix Suns Friday night.

Twice the Celtics pushed the Indiana Pacers to the brink. This team was within striking distance and even owned the lead at times against the best team in the Eastern Conference. They even played some of their most sound games against the Brooklyn Nets and Detroit Pistons. Boston has gotten tremendous team play in their last few games. One player who is playing exceptionally well is Rajon Rondo.

Rondo is certainly returning to form and is looking more and more like the old, crafty point guard we had become accustomed to. He is running the offense beautifully and is clearly making his teammates better. Jeff Green has been more consistent and Brandon Bass and Kris Humphries seem to work with Rondo extremely well. His play has definitely been an encouraging sign for the Celtics going forward.

Despite a season in which the main goal is to tank and obtain a high lottery pick, it is extremely beneficial to see the team play well and develop. We are starting to see signs of a bright future, especially with the way Brad Stevens runs the show. The Celtics play hard and compete, but still lose at the end. It is actually a perfect scenario for Celtics fans and the future of the team. Don’t worry, better days are ahead for the Green Team.

Michael LeDuc is a Boston Celtics writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @mike_leduc, and add him on Google.