The Boston Celtics came away with a much-needed victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, snapping a four-game losing streak. Boston improved its record to 15-17, but has still lost eight out of its last 11 games. The return of Avery Bradley should help the Celtics get back on track — particularly on defense — but they need to improve on both sides of the ball. According to Rajon Rondo, they also need to start caring more about losing.
“The frustrating part is just losing,” Rondo told the Boston Globe on Thursday. “I’m a sore loser. It’s tough to lose. Everybody isn’t. You’ll learn that everybody isn’t a sore loser. Some teams are OK with losing. Some guys are OK with just getting a check. But everything I do, I compete. So, this four-game losing streak is frustrating.”
The Celtics went through similar bad stretches during the regular season last year, but they wound up one win way from reaching the NBA Finals. One of the problems that can arise with a veteran team like Boston’