The fine folks over at Reds Army picked up on an interesting development tucked away in The Boston Globe’s Celtics Blog by Gary Washburn late last night.
Rondo requested a rare post-game meeting with Rivers likely to discuss matters. Rondo asked for the meeting and talked for a few minutes with Rivers in his office, perhaps to clear the air about play calling and Rondo’s up-and-down performances.
After compiling 46 assists in the past four games, Rondo collected just six last night on 3-for-10 shooting. His counterpart, Derrick Rose, scorched the Celtics for 30 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
Rondo was visibly disappointed after the game.
“Think we need to play with a better sense of urgency,” he said before his meeting with Rivers. “It better be a wakeup call, if not, we won’t make it far. We’re a completely different team (than last year). It’s not the same team. We’re not going to be able to turn it on like we did year. I don’t know what we’re waiting on but these types of games we have to find a way to win. It’s a roller-caster and right now we went back down today.”
An interesting and encouraging development to say the least. More so than ever, this team’s future against the Bulls specifically will rise and fall on the shoulders of Rajon Rondo containing the Bulls’ MVP. A lot of us around here tend to be hard on Rondo for his inconsistent play, but given the amount Doc has faced in the past two months, it’s safe to ask if his coaching in other areas has seen slippage as well. In any case, the most important thing clearly is getting everyone on the same page here, and this is hopefully a step in the right direction.