With career-high four 3s, Rondo finds shooting touch

With career-high four 3s, Rondo finds shooting touch
February 13, 2014, 12:00 am
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Rajon Rondo drives past Cory Joseph. Rondo hit a career-high four 3s in a loss to the Spurs.

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BOSTON — When Rajon Rondo was rehabbing, he would often be on the court with assistant coach Ron Adams launching 3-pointer after 3-pointer.

Many would go in, which wasn't that big a deal considering they came with no defensive pressure to speak of.

He's getting those same shots in games now, and just as he did with Adams' assistance, they're still going in.

For the second time in as many games played by Rondo, the four-time All-Star set a career high in 3s made.

In the Celtics' 104-92 loss to San Antonio, Rondo had 16 points and four assists. Even more impressive were the four 3s.

And that performance came on the heels of a then-career best three 3s against Dallas.

Rondo is averaging 2.9 3-point attempts per game, but that also includes games in which his minutes were significantly limited.

He has played more than 30 minutes in each of his last three games. In those games, Rondo has shot 7-for-13 on 3s.

Rondo acknowledges the shooting sessions with Adams have been instrumental to his improved 3-point shooting.

"So far it's paying off," Rondo said. "I'm shooting with confidence. As of late, they're going in."

Rondo's improved shooting was among the keys to the Celtics staying within striking distance most of the night against the Spurs, winners in five of their past seven games.

Seeing Rondo make a major impact on a game isn't all that surprising. Still, for him to do it by scoring, instead of racking up the assists, is a bit unusual.

"Part of it was they were active on him, they were aggressive on him," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "He shot the ball well again, which is really good."