Rajon Rondo is either appropriately confident or the guy standing outside his burning house telling anyone who will listen that the house isn’t actually on fire. Because he had this exchange with HoopsTV (hat tip: Kevin Arnovitz at TrueHoop):
HTV: The East is very tough this year with talented teams like the Cavs and Magic front runners for a trip to the Finals. The Celtics have kind of been left out of conversation regarding who may make the NBA Finals this year. What are your thoughts on that subject?
RONDO: Nothing. (It means) we beat ourselves if we don’t win it. I don’t think anybody can beat us. Atlanta swept us already, Cleveland is up two to one (now 3 to 1), Orlando is up two to one, but at the end of the day I think that we can beat any of those teams (in a playoff series).
The best part about this is how Rondo lists—accurately!—Boston’s horrid record against the East’s other three elite teams and then says, basically, Who cares?
What would Rajon say if he were on the Nets?