The Celtics being down 2-0 in a series against the eighth seeded Chicago Bulls is a bit of a surprise. The Bulls have overwhelmed the Celtics with their physical and aggressive play. The Celtics haven’t helped their own cause by being predictable on offense and lackluster on defense. The former Celtic’s guard, Rajon Rondo, is back to being the arrogant asshole that I can respect. Avery Bradley heard Rajon Rondo say that the Celtics gave up during the fourth quarter. In an interview with ESPN, Bradley said “I could even hear Rondo, like, ‘Yeah they gave up. They gave up.’ But you can never let a team see that. You have to continue to be positive and go out and there and play hard, no matter what the outcome is.” Bradley also said in the interview that he looked around a few times and saw guys putting their heads down. I love the move by Rondo because saying a team quit is a great dig a player can throw at his competition. Rondo is basically stating that his Bulls beat the competitiveness out of the Celtics. I guess realizing you are down 0-2 to an eighth seed that barely made the playoffs can have that effect. I feel like the Bulls seeing and reading these comments can only fuel the underdog and make them more confident. There is definitely a lot of frustration floating around Boston after two games. During the fourth quarter of last night’s game the home team was being booed by their fans. Boston is in danger of becoming the first conference champion in the East to be upset by an eighth seed in the seven game series era. I’m just glad cocky Rondo is back and I hope to continue to see this throughout the series.
Have the Celtics Given Up?