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.
A. Sherrod Blakely expects Isaiah Thomas to get a contract offer from the Boston Celtics similar to Kyle Lowry's
Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe Wednesday that Isaiah Thomas will not need surgery on his right hip after being hampered late in the postseason.
Thomas originally suffered the injury March 15 against the Timberwolves and missed two games before reaggravating it in Game 6 of the second round against the Wizards. He played the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals but was shut down for the final three.
“Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge told the Globe. “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”
The Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach wrote that the team waited for swelling to go down before determining whether surgery would be needed, and that “barring any further setbacks,” he will not.
Thomas is coming off a career year in which he averaged 28.9 points a game. He is entering the final year of his contract.