Good, bad, & ugly: Rondo getting minutes up

Good, bad, & ugly: Rondo getting minutes up
January 26, 2014, 11:30 pm
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BOSTON — The road to recovery continues to be a relatively smooth one for Rajon Rondo whose playing time was once again on the rise.

The four-time All-Star played a season-high 30 minutes in Boston's 85-79 loss to Brooklyn.

And Rondo looked a lot like the Rondo fans have come to expect, finishing with a near triple-double of 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

But he continues to have way too many turnovers. Of the six he had on Sunday, the last of the bunch led to a lay-up for former Celtic Kevin Garnett in the final seconds that prevented Boston from potentially tying the game up.

"I'm feeling better," Rondo said. "I knew my minutes increased a little bit, but coach (Brad Stevens) was well aware of my minutes. I try to do the best I can, stay ready on the sideline when I was out."

While it may seem that Rondo's on the fast track with his minutes, Stevens said he's actually progressing at the rate they anticipated.

"He played more minutes (on Sunday), and that was by design," Stevens said. "I was told we were good to go to 30 minutes. That probably helps him get a better rhythm when he's in the game; those five-minute stints aren't that fun to play as a player. You can never get a real flow or rhythm. But he played the last eight minutes and 42 seconds and had pretty good wind most of the time."

Still, Stevens isn't close to declaring that Rondo's back to being Rondo.

"I still think he's game 5 of exhibition season, and I think he'll continue to get better," Stevens said.

And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from an emotional night for the Celtics as well as two former Celtic legends-to-be, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

The Good

Brandon Bass

He got a chance to get back in the starting lineup on Sunday and to his credit, made the most of the opportunity. Bass had 17 points while making all six of his shots from the field in addition to grabbing eight rebounds which was tied for the team-high with Rajon Rondo.

Chris Johnson

With Sunday being Day 10 of his 10-day contract, Johnson left the Celtics with yet another memorable performance in finishing with 12 points off the bench along with four rebounds and a steal. Johnson told after the game that he was informed by the Celtics that they want to sign him to a second, 10-day contract. Johnson said he would likely sign it on Tuesday.

The Bad

Jeff Green

The roller coaster scoring that has come to symbolize Jeff Green was in full swoon mode as he scored just eight points while missing 11 of his 13 shots from the field. He didn't do much on the glass either, grabbing just two rebounds.

The Ugly

Shot making

The Celtics continue to clank shots at a disturbing rate. Against the Nets, they shot just 37.8 percent from the field. For the season, Boston is shooting 43.7 percent from the field which is tied for 25th in the league. But the shooting woes have really been an issue this month as the Celtics are dead-last in the NBA in shooting just 40.7 percent from the field.