Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
“We keep coming up short,” Rondo told reporters following Sunday’s loss, which extended their road losing streak against Western Conference teams to 19. “I have to do a better job of finishing plays. I pretty much blame this on myself again.”
Rondo Again Takes Blame For Celtics Loss-A. Sherrod Blakely
Since being named Celtics captain, Rajon Rondo has had his ups & downs. But one thing that has remained consistent is his ability to shoulder the blame. Whether it’s been his “fault” or not, he has taken responsibility for some of the Celtics losses. Especially of late. After last night’s tough one-point loss to NOLA, Rondo again targeted himself.
“My floaters aren’t there,” Rondo said. “My touches around the rim aren’t there. But I’ll keep shooting them. I’ll continue to be aggressive.”
When Rajon first came back, one thing fans, media & his competition noticed right away was that his jumper, something that has always come up in discussion, had improved drastically. He was even draining his treys. But in his last two games, Rajon is just 7 of 29 from the field. Is this something to be concerned about? Hardly. Rondo is still nowhere near 100% physically and is also still getting used to an almost completely new team. And not to mention the losing. This will only be the second time in Rondo’s eight year career that he does not participate in playoff basketball. Knowing him, he will use the extra time to continue his rehab and work on his game. Two things he admittedly would like to work on are his “touch” and “timing”.
“I don’t know,” Rondo said when asked about possibly not having his usual explosiveness back just yet. “I don’t try to make an excuse. I wasn’t always explosive when I was playing (before the injury). I still had a lot of trick shots around the rim. It’s just my touch. I have to continue to work on my touch and my timing.”
On Page 2 Happy St. Patrick’s Day
If you’re lucky enough to have the day off, have one for me. Happy St. Pat’s, and here’s some Slaine and Dropkicks to get you in the mood…
The rest of the links: