Originally written on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 11/19/12
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After Rajon Rondo stayed on the floor in the final minutes of a blowout loss to the Detroit Pistons, many fans around the league have accused him of stat-padding. This is not the first time we've seen Rondo manufacture stats, such as passing up easy 2 on 0 layups or trying to score in the very last second when a game is over. I understand the criticism, but at the same time I think it's unfair. When Rondo gives up an easy lay-in for a teammate to dunk, his teammates respond with trust and appreciation for #9's talents (Though I guess Ray was the exception). Rondo does not strike me as a guy who constantly worries about his individual stats and pouts about usage rate (Sounds like Ray again!). I don't buy into the "what if he got injured" argument either. For one, his minute count was manageable and he wasn't even trying to attack the basket in the end, opting instead to dribble around the perimeter and get an assist to a jump-shooter. If he can't handle an extra 2 minutes against t...
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