Rajon Rondo got destroyed by Derrick Rose, and I’m talking destroyed. Pulverized, all game long, on both ends of the court. Rose had Rondo in his back pocket, making Rondo look like a little school-girl as he hopelessly waved his hand time after time as Rose hit yet another midrange jumper.
But Rondo took it to heart. It ate at him, and he was bothered by the enormous black eye Rose administered the other night. And that’s why he played against Milwaukee, in the final regular season game, when all other starters sat.
“Well, he really wanted to play,” Doc Rivers explained to WEEI. “He’s young enough to play, and he came to me. He said, coach, I really struggled against Chicago, I really want to play this game.”
And so it was that Rondo came to manhandle Brandon Jennings, even demonstrating a rarely-used but well-refined post game while he was at it. You can torch Rajon Rondo once, but you better believe he’ll be coming after you with a heart full of venom in his next meeting.