BirthdayGate no more. Two weeks removed from the eyebrow raising skip versus the Sacramento Kings, General Manager Danny Ainge has officially announced that star point guard Rajon Rondo will be sitting out the second night of back-to-backs for the rest of the season. For those scrambling to your fridge magnet schedules, that’s four games for the rest of the season; against the Mavericks, Bulls, Pistons, and Cavaliers. Rondo sat out last night’s demolition at the hands of the Knicks.
Rondo’s performance has been crucial to the Celtics production in his short time this season. In Boston wins with Rondo on the court, the guard has averaged 16 points per game and 11.8 assists per game while shooting 51.6% from the field. In losses, he averages just 10.5 points per game and 7.6 assists per game while bricking a 34.5% of his shots.
In a season where wins are considered of the devil, sitting out our best player may prove to be beneficial. It will allow the younger players to play more and take a considerable amount of wear and tear off of his recovering knee. But as a diehard, those games will be tough to watch!