Rajon Rondo tallied eight points and four assists while logging 20 minutes in his return to the Boston Celtics lineup. Boston ultimately fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 107-104. Rookie big man Kelly Olynyk notched a career-high 25 points in the defeat.
The Celtics anointed Rondo as the 15th captain in team history prior to tip-off. He also was presented with an opportunity to force overtime in the game’s waning moments, but unfortunately he could not convert on a three-pointer.
Rondo’s play was promising at moments and the Celtics have to happy with what they saw. Though it’s clear he’s still a ways off from returning to his normal form.
He showed signs of being a step slower, as Lakers guard Richard Marshall was able to blow by him for an easy deuce in the ballgame. He also tossed a few wayward passes that resulted in uncharacteristic turnovers.
His signature play of the evening came when he completely fooled Lakers center Pau Gasol with an infamous fake behind-the-back pass that resulted in his first two points of 2013-2014.
In scoring another bucket, Rondo dropped one of his patented up-and-under layups in for two in the face of Marshall who had beaten him earlier.
We were also treated to glimpses of Rondo setting up his teammates in ideal scoring situations for easy buckets.
Gasol’s 24 points and Marshall’s 19 points and 14 assists were just to much for the Celtics to overcome.
It’s safe to say the positives outweighed the negatives in the point man’s first game since last January. As of right now it’s unclear as to whether Rondo will suit up in back-to-back games.
Boston is next in action on Sunday. The Celtics will be in Orlando to take on the Magic.