During the waning moment’s of yesterday’s lopsided loss to the Detroit Pistons, Doc Rivers told his team it was obviously going to lose. And then he encouraged his players to help Rajon Rondo in keeping his double-digit assists streak alive. (CSNNE)
“Why not? You guys keep talking about it, so I figured give him a shot at it.”
“When I called a time-out,” Rivers recalled, “I said, ‘guys, we’re going to lose the game by the way.’ Let’s not play crazy, but if we can get him two more (assists), let’s do it. If not, that’s it. First time we’ve done that.”
I don’t think it’s a big deal. Rondo needed a few more assists and the Celtics left him in to get them. They weren’t sacrificing any chance at a win — down 20 in the last few minutes, they weren’t coming back anyway.
I saw a lot of griping last night about Rondo passing up shots because he wants to keep the streak alive. But I bet Rondo passes up shots in pickup games with nobody taking stats. If you’ve watched him throughout his entire career, you know he’s pass-first, pass-second, shoot-79th. It’s not like his mentality has changed as the streak continues. Plus, he’s taking more shots this year than he has since 2009-10. He’s scoring more points this year than he has in any except for 2009-10. The streak isn’t changing him, except maybe he chased it at the end of a 20-point blowout. And to that, I say: