Rajon Rondo’s Celtics Pride surfaced in a big way Tuesday night as he rejected the idea the man who succeeded him in Boston merited a tribute video.
Reporters got Rondo talking about Isaiah Thomas, who was slated to be honored by the Celtics on Feb. 11 when he comes to TD Garden with the Cavaliers. That’s the same night Boston is retiring Paul Pierce’s No. 34. Thomas took the Celts off the hook Tuesday when he said he didn’t want a video that night.
Rondo, who has made stops in Dallas, Sacramento, Chicago and New Orleans following his exit from Beantown, put the C’s on a different hook. He seemed offended the team would recognize someone who only played there 2 1/2 years and only advanced to the Eastern Conference finals (a C’s loss last season to the Cavaliers).
“How we get the two points, that’s more important right now,” said Rittich, who bounced back after a six-game stretch during which he went 1-4-1 and allowed 24 goals.
“Yeah, it’s big for me right now,” he added. “I had a couple, I’m not sure if it was bad, but the scores were terrible. Yeah, it’s a nice comeback.”
Rittich’s only blemish was allowing Casey Nelson’s goal in the closing moments.
For the Celtics, Thursday night was simple: Without their starting point guard they didn’t protect the basketball. Boston averages 14 turnovers per game, but they had 14 turnovers in the first half alone and finished with 19. Coach Brad Stevens was less than thrilled with his team’s performance.
“We stink,” Stevens told TNT after the third quarter. “The first three quarters we’ve stunk.”
Boston’s 80 points was a season-low and their worst offensive performance since Dec. 15, 2015 when they were held to 77 points by the Cavaliers.
Speaking of the Cavs, they were up 63-40 in the second quarter to the worst team in the league, but for the second time in three games they blew a lead of 20 points or more.
Luckily for Cleveland, Isaiah Thomas made two free throws with 11 seconds left to give Cleveland a lead they would not relinquish. Considering this was just Cleveland’s fourth win in their last 13 games, James took the victory for what it was and nothing more.