Most of the time, Rajon Rondo sits behind and let the veterans to their thing. For the better part, the Boston Celtics flow chart has its production distributed among Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Of course, it is up to the Rajon Rondo to get the ball passed around, but for the better part, it is the Big Three who take all the credit for making the key points. And perhaps that would have been the case had the Boston Celtics played the Chicago Bulls with reigning MVP Derrick Rose in the court. But knowing he didn’t had to worry about guarding Rose, it was Rondo who finished the night with a triple-double for a 95-91 win.
And this was certainly a very needed win for the Boston Celtics. They had suffered an overtime loss to the LA Lakers in the Boston Gardens earlier last week, and just a few days later, they suffered an embarrassing loss to the Toronto Raptors. It seemed as if Rondo took it personally to improve the team’s performance. At least that’s how the Celtics head coach, Doc Rivers, sees it. “I just think he wanted to win,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said when asked about Rondo’s brilliant performance and his motivation. “I thought we played at a better pace today.”
The Celtics stellar point guard Rajon Rondo, finished the game with 32 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, including the last one he recorded when there were only 9 seconds left on the game. With Derrick Rose out of the picture, things looked quite bright for the Celtics. Rose missed his second straight game with what the Bulls head coach, Tim Thibodeau called “stiffness” in his back. All we really know is that Rose is expected to see a specialist Monday after the team returns to Chicago, but it’s uncertain when is he going to be able to come back. According to the reports we’ve found, Rose originally suffered the injury earlier in the week. He was playing in a little pain and with limited mobility on Wednesday’s win against the Hornets at New Orleans. Still, considering the risk factor, the Bulls opted to rest him for Friday’s victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
It took more than just a brilliant performance from Rajon Rondo to put an end to the Celtics two-game skid. Kevin Garnett added 13 points and 12 rebounds, reserve JaJuan Johnson had 12 points and Ray Allen 11 for the night. The Bulls head coach, Thibodeau said that he knew well before the game started that without Rose, they’ll certainly be in trouble. Not only because of missing their start, but because he knows the Celtics very well (for many years he was Doc Rivers assistant). “I knew they’d come out like that, coming off their last two games(…) They were very aggressive. I thought they got some very easy baskets early, which gave them confidence.” And once the Celtics had enough confidence, there was nothing left to do but watch Rondo and Co. do their thing.
The Bulls will get another chance to beat the Celtics, this time at home, and hopefully with the help of Rose, as the Bulls will host Boston on Thursday February 16th at the United Center. The Bulls put on a good fight, we’ve got to give them credit for that. C.J. Watson, Rose’s replacement, scored 22 points for the Bulls. Carlos Boozer had 22 points for the night and pulled down seven rebounds, while Joakim Noah had 16 points and nine boards.