Rajon Rondo Absence Looms Larger Than KG’s; Celtics Lose on New Year’s Eve

December 31st, 2010 by Dan Hartel Leave a reply »
The Celtics lost 83-81 to the New Orleans Hornets This Friday, New Year's Eve. It marked their second straight loss, and third in the last four games.

In what has become a disturbing trend, Celtics players have begun hitting the deck like flies. It seems as if with each passing game, another key player is going down with injury.

Most notably, starters Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett have both been held out of games with injury issues. This loss to the Hornet's marks Garnett's first game away from the team, and Rondo's seventh.

It was pretty clear from the onset, however, that the Celtics missed Rajon Rondo more than they did Kevin Garnett. Garnett is the emotional and defensive leader of this team, and while they did at times lack the necessary passion to pull out a win, they defended very well for the most part, limiting the Hornets to 43% shooting and just 83 points.

Moreover, it was clear that Rondo's facilitation of the offense was sorely missed. Paul Pierce, who has been doing his best Rajon Rondo impersonation since 'Jon went down with an ankle injury (averaging over 7 assists per game since then), had six turnovers. Starters ...

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