Found April 11, 2014 on Boston's Bettah:
Rondo
I want to tell three stories about the 2013-2014 Boston Celtics. Two are so closely related, they are essentially the same story. One story is the night on January 17th, the day that Celtics point-guard Rajon Rondo returned to the Boston Celtics line-up. That was a fun night. It started with Rondo’s cryptic tweet the Monday before the Friday the 17th tip-off: 29,233,380 secs — Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) January 14, 2014   This made his return a mystery. Did that mean that Rondo was coming back? The seconds would have perfectly coincided with the time of his surgery one-year prior and the date of his potential return to the Celtics line-up. Maybe that’s what it meant. Further, how good would Rondo look if he were to return? How many minutes would Rondo play, and further, was his return enough, perhaps, to sneak the Boston Celtics into the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference? The last part of that did not happen. It turns out the early success of the Celtics was rather flukey and they were simply a bad team on its way to the lottery. Rondo did return that night, however, and only played in limited minutes. The build-up to that moment was ripe with anticipation and when he was the last member of the Celtics announced in the starting line-up with the prefix “The Captain” there was certainly still enough surprise in the air that Rondo was named the captain of the Boston Celtics. The team had officially turned over the reigns of the to their still young point-guard, but the closure from the previous era still wasn’t over. That came a week later and is the second story of the Boston Celtics season. The return of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Boston was probably the best moment of the season. EVen from miles away and watching on television, the amount of emotion just streaming from the television was easy to feel. Besides the perfect video tributes and the awesome intros for the two in the pre-game and the absolutely perfect way the game ended – a Kevin Garnett steal to seal the game for Brooklyn – it also highlighted that weird disconnect between the fan-base and this season. Every time Pierce or KG took a shot, the crowd was ready to erupt with excitement to cheer them on. The only problem was, they were still playing for Brooklyn. There wasn’t a moment where Pierce ripped off his black 34 jersey, Doc Rivers came out of the locker room and Paul jumped into his arms and begged him to never leave him again. Nope, the fans were rooting for Brooklyn players because of the connection to those players. Which leads to the final-story of the season. On April 2nd, the Celtics played their last game in Washington for the 2014 season. I live in Washington and was able to secure tickets to the game and I went with my friend Sully. The goal for the night? Have a few beverages, watch a basketball game that was hopefully enjoyable, and head home for the night. At this point in the season, every loss the Celtics could earn was for the benefit of the team in its chase for a top draft pick. Even knowing this, I couldn’t stop cheering. When Rajon Rondo opened the game wearing his signature “big-game” headband, I immediately became excited about the potential for a “headband game”. When Rondo torched a Wizard off the dribble one possession, I cheered as it was simultaneously a great play and yet another reason why the Celtics should never trade Rajon Rondo. When Brad Stevens rolled out a lineup that featured essentially three point-guards, I wondered aloud what Brad Stevens was doing. I couldn’t stop cheering for the Celtics, even though I knew a Wizards win was the best thing that could have happened. Right there, that should tell how much this season sucked. Which is not to say this season did not have positives. Jared Sullinger began his transformation into the poor-man’s Kevin Love, which means if the Celtics lose out on the lottery he will likely be the key piece in any trade. Players like Phil Pressey and Chris Johnson proved they could either be nice role players on a future great team or pieces of a larger trade puzzle. Brad Stevens won over the team and legitimately appears to be a great NBA head-coach. There were positives. But the negatives, OH THE NEGATIVES. The Celtics first pick, Kelly Olynyk, never really put in a singular performance to justify the summer-league hype. Avery Bradley could never stay healthy, and Jeff Green, well Jeff Green could have his own post about everything negative about Jeff Green. Even though the goal of the season essentially was “lose”, it was always hard to root for a loss. To the end, we are still fans of the team. While losing now may be a win for the future, it hurts in the present to watch my basketball team lose. The post Three stories of the Boston Celtics season appeared first on Boston's Bettah - A Boston Sports blog from guys that love Boston sports a little too much.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Rondo earns a flop warning from the NBA

Oh I remember that play with Rondo. I was thinking at the time "what the hell was that"! Let's put it this way. I've seen much worse through the years. Rondo didn't even take the contact. You could argue a few things with his flop. I thought he was just preparing for the worst, but overall it was a bad flop by Rondo. ESPN BostonBoston Celtics point guard Rajon...

Celtics' Stevens says offseason about more than just additions

CLEVELAND -- The Boston Celtics love the idea of getting a high lottery pick in the NBA Draft, for sure. But that won't be their only focus this offseason. Along with draft picks and potential free agents (both their own and those whom they recruit), the Celtics have to take care of some of the good things going on in-house, coach Brad Stevens said prior to Saturday's game...

Paul Pierce Joins the 25,000 Career Points Club (Video)

The Brooklyn Nets‘ Paul Pierce is now the fourth active player in the NBA to reach the 25,000-point career milestone. He joins Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant. Friday night at home at the Barclays Center against the Atlanta Hawks, Pierce elongated his illustrious legacy by chiseling his name in the history books once more as he became the 18th player in NBA history...

Did Rajon Rondo deserve to be fined for flopping?

The NBA has given Rajon Rondo a warning for allegedly flopping against the Atlanta Hawks. Let's first watch the video, and then debate if the point guard did in fact 'flop.'So yes, upon first viewing it does appear that Rajon Rondo falls to the ground despite not making any kind of contact with a charging Jeff Teague. What we don't know, however, is this; Was there...

Jared Sullinger Thanks Celtics Fans, Says Support ‘Doesn’t Go Unnoticed By Us’

BOSTON — The building just kept getting louder, even as another Celtics lead was lost and another defeat appeared likely. The crowd at TD Garden reached new decibels with each basket, however, eventually ending with a roar to celebrate the Celtics’ 106-103 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. This wasn’t your usual non-playoff crowd. The passion displayed by the green team’s fans...

Danny Ainge wants Rondo to shoot the three ball

How do you feel about Rondo shooting the three? For years fans wanted Rondo to have a knock down jumper. He's almost there, and honestly his shot wasn't as bad as many made it out to be. Now Rondo looks pretty solid, and after returning from ACL surgery in January. Rondo came back with a tree-point shot. Mass Live The game’s first shot came from Rajon Rondo, who missed...

Kevin Garnett moves into 14th on all-time scoring list, passes Alex English

You can check off another hallmark moment in what has been a stellar career for former Celtic Kevin Garnett.The 2003-04 leave MVP recently passed Alex English to move into 14th on the all-time scoring list.To recap, the Big Ticket is now 5th in minutes played, 10th in rebounds, 14th in points, 16th in steals, 18th in blocks, and 49th in assists all-time. Quite the 18 years Garnett...

Rajon Rondo Hopes To Be Made Aware Of Celtics' Personnel Moves

Rajon Rondo has not asked Boston Celtics management to be part of the decision-making process, but he hopes to be aware about the direction of the team. “I want to be aware of what’s going on, especially if I’m part of the future here,” Rondo said. “And being the point guard, I would like to know what the team has in store or wants to do or the moves they want to make...

Paul Pierce Becomes 18th Member of 25K Club

It’s still weird that Paul Pierce plays for another team not named the Celtics after so many good years in Boston, but it’s easy to believe he recently became just the 18th player in NBA history to score at least 25,000 career points. “It’s hard not to [think about it],” said Pierce, who finished with 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting. “Everybody’s talking about it. My...

Your Morning Dump… Where the C’s NEEDED that win last night

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Brad Stevens and his players understand that many believe the Celtics’ priority should be lottery position and losing, not correcting the sins of a demoralizing losing streak. But there’s a disconnect here....

Paul Pierce: From his First Basket to 25,000 Points

A tip of the cap to the Truth who surpassed the 25,000 point milestone last night. Pierce, KG, Kobe and Dirk are the only active players with 25,000 points. Pierce and Ticket are the first teammates in history to both score 25K.

Brad Stevens responds to fans who want the Celtics to tank

Oh I'm sure some fans enjoyed the fact that Rondo took the night off. It didn't work out for those wanting the Celtics to lose. Phil Pressey came in and set the tone, dishing out 13 assists, and scoring 10 points as Boston's starting point guard. Maybe next time Bill Simmons. The Celtics haven't shown any signs of tanking, and the win over the Bobcats is prof of that...

Rondo Commits Flop of the Year (Video)

Rajon Rondo is a repeat flop artist but this one takes the cake. Jeff Teague didn’t even make contact with Rondo when he decided to flop it up. I thought the league was doing something about this? [Mike Sham]

Kris Humphries calls Ainge and Stevens winners; sees Celtics returning to greatness

MassLive- "Look at the direction we’re heading in," Humphries told the Herald. "Obviously this year there was disappointment. But (head coach Brad Stevens is) a winner, (president of basketball operations Danny Ainge) has proven to be a winner on multiple levels. The organization and fans are great. The chance to be part of a playoff team here will be great. I think...

Green Envy: What Bobcats fans said - 4/11

Time to rant a bit. This is one of the rare instances in sports where a win hurt both teams. For Boston, it meant falling to the fourth spot in the lottery, since Orlando beat Washington. For Charlotte, it hurts their playoff seeding against Washington. No one should be happy about this win for the Celtics. With Rajon Rondo's recent injury and the way the team has played without...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.