BOSTON -- Rajon Rondo is competitive. On Monday night following the Boston Celtics 82-81 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, he was also realistic.
With the first two games decided by a total of two points, Rondo was not overlooking the toughness of the Eastern Conference Semifinals series.
After posting a triple-double with 13 points, 17 assists, and 12 rebounds in the Celtics Game 1 victory, Rondo was held to 8 points, 13 dimes, and 7 rebounds in Game 2.
Even though the Celtics were ranked fourth in the East (39-27 regular season) and the 76ers clinched the eighth spot (35-31), Rondo was expecting to battle.
"That's the playoffs," he said. "It's up and down. You're not going to win 16 straight games, so give them credit. They are not a pushover team. Like I've said, this is a tough series."
The Celtics will travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Wednesday and Friday. The series will return to Boston next Monday for Game 5.
Tommy Heinsohn breaks down Jaylen Brown's impressive game against the Magic, and how impressive Terry Rozier was as well.
Well it appears that Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic wasn’t the only one who didn’t see Jaylen Brown’s powerful dunk over him coming.
Apparently, Brown didn’t see it coming either.
“It caught me off-guard,” Brown said after Boston’s 117-87 thumping of the Magic. “I wasn’t even expecting it. It happens. It’s part of basketball. It’s two points.”
The play in question came early in the second quarter when Brown blew past Jodie Meeks into the lane and took off towards the rim.
Vucevic jumped late, got dunked on and the Celtics bench went bananas!
“It gave our team a lot of energy,” Brown acknowledged.
Brown understands part of his job in coming off the bench is to make an impact with effort.
And in doing so, he senses that his teammate’s confidence him in and his game can only grow.
“I feel like my teammates are trusting me more, getting more trust from the coaching staff,” said Brown who finished with 13 points.
Avery Bradley likes what he’s seen from Brown, a young player who has shown tremendous promise.
And that dunk over Vucevic?
“You’re going to see a lot more of those in his career,” Bradley said. “He gets us going.”