Good, Bad & Ugly: Rondo named Captain

Good, Bad & Ugly: Rondo named Captain
January 17, 2014, 11:45 pm
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Rajon Rondo on Friday was named the 15th Captain in Celtics history.

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BOSTON — There was never any doubt that this Boston Celtics club was indeed Rajon Rondo's team.

But for good measure, the four-time All-Star was named team Captain on Friday - his first game of the season after suffering a torn right ACL injury on Jan. 25.

"It's definitely an honor, following Paul Pierce (now in Brooklyn), he was our last captain," Rondo said. "It's definitely something I'm very proud of."

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens acknowledged he had little if any input in Rondo being named the team's Captain this season.

"I think it's something you earn through your effort, through your leadership, through your involvement in the community, and all those things," Stevens said. "So yeah, he earned his captaincy; he didn't need to be named it by me."

Although the Celtics came away with a 107-104 loss, Rondo's leadership was certainly one of the more positives things that Boston takes away from this latest loss.

And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Friday night's loss.

The Good

Kelly Olynyk

Olynyk delivered one of his best all-around games this season, scoring a career-high 25 points to go with five rebounds and seven assists. "There were a lot of openings," Olynyk said. "I just tried to stay aggressive."

Phil Pressey

Like fellow rookie Kelly Olynyk, Pressey also delivered a masterpiece of a performance with a team-high nine assists off the bench. That brings his assists total in the last two games to 19 without committing a single turnover.

The Bad

Avery Bradley

It was definitely not Bradley's night offensively. While he finished with 12 points, he missed 15 of his 20 shots from the field which included a short baseline floater that could have given the Celtics a one-point lead in the game's final moments.

The Ugly

Three-point defense

Boston has been among the better teams in the NBA at defending the 3-point shot this season. But that stout defensive play was not on hand Friday as the Lakers shot 60 percent (12-for-20) on 3s which included them hitting seven of their nine 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter.