Jan 24, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the hoop against Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson (15) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Celtics - Thunder Recap: Celtics Lose 101-83


 

The Celtics helped the Thunder make franchise history tonight, helping OKC win their first game ever without both Kevin Durant AND Russell Westbrook. And no that is not a good thing. We all knew this season was going to be a slog to get through, but this has got to be one of the least enjoyable seasons I’ve ever witnessed. They never had the talent to compete at the beginning of the season, while trades and injuries have hampered the performance of many of the key players. I’m not complaining since this is what I wanted. I wanted the ability to get a top ten pick at the end of the season and Danny Ainge has definitely accomplished that along with securing extra financial flexibilty, so I’m not complaining on that end but it’s just tough to watch these guys night in and night out get completely outmatched. It’s not Stevens fault, and I’ve been consistently impressed with the job he’s done this season relative to the talent he has at his disposal.

Game Observations:

  • Rondo is still not “Rondo”, if that makes sense. Obviously he needs time to get bac to where he once was, if he can ever get back to that. It’s extremely important as fans and the Celtics to be patient with him, ACL recovery is one of the hardest things to do in sports and Rondo, like every other human being, needs time. Though we did get some occasional glimpses of the old Rondo, he definitely still needs to regain that speed and explosiveness that he once had. He still looks like he’s laboring out there and he really isn’t moving well. The passing is the one part of his game that seems to be coming back fast than other parts, as his intelligence for the game of basketball was not affected but physically he just doesn’t look like the old Rondo.
  • Sully dislocated his finger tonight and it really showed with his performance. Only logged 24 minutes, 3-10 shooting and only 4 rebounds. I think it might be time to rest Sully for a few games.

The Celtics dropped to 15-30, the 5th worst record in the league. The tank is real, guys.

The Celtics take on Brooklyn in the return of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Garden on Sunday at 6!

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