Point guard’s first game back is soured by loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
These are not the Boston Celtics that Rajon Rondo left behind almost a year ago, a roster of All-Stars just a couple of seasons removed from their second trip to the NBA Finals in three years.
His pinpoint passes went for naught. The defense that helped the franchise win it all in 2008 was missing. Needing a big play in the final seconds, the best option Rondo could come up with was himself.
Rondo returned from a knee injury and missed a 3-pointer that could have sent the game into overtime, sending the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-104 victory on Friday night, on the way to earning 8 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals
“I thought he made a lot of plays down the stretch,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after seeing his All-Star point guard in a game for the first time. “Just came up a little bit short. But I was glad he had the ball.”