Rondo: 'Individual numbers don't matter'

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Rondo: 'Individual numbers don't matter'

BOSTON -- Rajon Rondo's assist streak has become just as talked about as the final score. 
With 15 dimes against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, Rondo reached 35 consecutive games with 10 or more assists dating back to March 11. 
He is now just two games away from tying John Stockton for second all-time. 
But after a 112-100 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, he dismissed the significance of his ball distribution. 
"We lost so it's kind of irrelevant, really," Rondo said. "It's all about winning and we lost, so individual numbers don't matter."
Rondo nearly snapped his streak on Sunday in a blowout loss to the Detroit Pistons, but kept the stretch alive when he dished his tenth assist in the final minutes. 
While he reached the mark early in the third quarter against the Spurs, neither him nor his teammates had much to say about the continuation after the defeat.
"It's great," said Paul Pierce. "That's all great right now but I'm interested in the team and winning games. I've been a part of individual statistics, which are great. When you're not winning, it's tough to really acknowledge that."

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.