Good, bad, & ugly: Rondo struggles from the field

Good, bad, & ugly: Rondo struggles from the field
January 22, 2014, 12:00 am
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MIAMI — Rajon Rondo's right knee was feeling fine following Boston's 93-86 loss to the Miami Heat.

It was the rest of his game that had the four time All-Star feeling down in the dumps as he finished with one point while missing all eight of his field goal attempts.

And the timing could not have been any worse as the Celtics lost Avery Bradley for the night when he suffered a sprained right ankle early in the second quarter.

When asked how he was feeling on the floor, Rondo responded, "the only thing that felt off was my shots. I don't have any excuses. I just couldn't find a way to put the ball in the rim."

Playing in his third game since returning from a right ACL injury last January, Rondo is still trying to navigate how to get his game on track as well as his teammates, and doing so in a limited amount of minutes.

"It's hard for Rondo right now," said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. "We're throwing him to the wolves ... he's three games in, in a year where he hasn't played."

And while the shots aren't falling, Stevens has been impressed with the confidence Rondo has shown in taking them in critical moments.

"You go to battle with a guy like that," Stevens said.

And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from yet another Celtics close, but not good enough performance that ends with a loss.

The Good

Chris Johnson

Signed to a 10-day contract last week, Johnson made the most of his first opportunity to play. He came off the Celtics bench to score 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting along with making a bunch of hustle plays.

The Bad

Celtics backcourt

Avery Bradley's night ended after just seven minutes because of a sprained right ankle, but he was struggling with his shot even before the injury. And his backcourt mate Rajon Rondo was even worse. The two combined to miss all 11 of their shot attempts.

The Ugly


Boston coughed the ball up 18 times which led to 25 Miami Heat points, with many of the team's miscues being of the unforced variety.