Rondo takes blame for loss to Pacers

Rondo takes blame for loss to Pacers
March 11, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Rajon Rondo logged more than 40 minutes on the floor for the first time this season in the Boston Celtics' 94-83 loss at Indiana on Tuesday night.

While the four-time All-Star was quick to praise the play and fight shown by his teammates, he was anything but pleased with his own performance.

"I wasn't as effective as I wanted to be," Rondo told reporters after the loss.

Rondo, coming off an 18-assist game without a single turnover in Boston's win over Detroit on Sunday, had just eight points with eight assists in Tuesday's loss to the Pacers.

But against the Pacers, the best team in the Eastern Conference this season, the Celtics needed a big game from someone, anyone.

And when it comes to big games, no Celtic does them better than Rondo.

That may very well be the final hurdle for Rondo to clear since returning to the lineup in January after suffering a torn right ACL injury in January of 2013.

But there's no point in beating Rondo up about his not-so-stellar performance on Tuesday. The Captain has taken on that responsibility as well.

"I still think I could have dominated the game better," Rondo said.

Trailing 77-74 in the fourth, Rondo had a chance to bring the Celtics within a single point but missed an 11-footer.

Down 79-76 minutes later, Rondo once again had a chance to cut into the deficit but had his 11-foot jumper blocked by George Hill.

That was as close as the Celtics would get for the remainder of the game.

"I have to take this on myself as far as a loss," Rondo said. "I could have did a lot more intangibles out there, try to get to the line ... but we came up short."