The Celtics loosing streak cam to halt last night at the Garden. Boston's 20th victory of the season came at the defeat of the Atlanta Hawks 115-104. Jerryd Bayless led all scorers with 29 points, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo had 22 of his own.
It was a home, sweet homecoming for Boston who prior to Wednesdays game had lost five consecutive. The west coast was not very hospitibale for the Celtics, as part of that skid, they lost four games in three days. Boston also piled bodies on their already steep injury list.
However most of the talk this week is not focused on the on court action. Rajon Rondo made a rather odd decision last week, that has the talk jock foaming at the mouth.
Rondo decided after last Saturday's game not to accompany his teammates to Sacramento. Instead he stood in LA to celebrate his 28th birthday with some friends.
In his defense Rondo was not scheduled to play against the Kings, as part of his continued return from injury routine.
Yet the cobblestone media nut bags are hopping on the newly appointed captain, for not setting a good example. For not putting the team first, and for not being a "true" leader. They question his ability to shine as the number one guy in the locker room.
I question their standards. Rondo has done by all accounts, all he's been asked to do this season. He's recovering from a severe injury, on a tanking, rebuilding club. He's bit his tongue when a lesser man would have screamed in frustration. Upon his return to the lineup he has made a distinctly noticeable effort to sync with this newer, younger club. Just last week his name was thrown around everywhere in possible trades. He handled that like a true gentlemen.
Although it certainly is not,the actions of an old school captain to, not travel with his team. However in this case, considering the season, the team and his efforts, I say, leave him alone.
The Indiana Pacers come into town Saturday to take on the Cs. Indiana brings along with them the NBA's best record thus far at 43 - 13. The two squads last faced each other in December. Boston was never really in that contest as the Pacers handled the Cs 106 - 79.
Kelley Olynyk - suffered a sprain toe in Saturday's loss to Sacremento,he reagrevated it Monday at Utah. Olynyk is day to day
Jarred Sullinger - recovering from a concusion, suffered at LA last week. He expected to play Saturday at home against the Pacers.
Avery Bradley - appears no closer, to returning to the active roster. He has not played since February 9th.
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