TD BANKNORTH GARDEN — Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo sat around and joked with reporters before the game, seemingly oblivious to the matchup with Nets budding All-Star Devin Harris that was less than an hour away. But after putting up 11 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds in 30 minutes against Harris tonight, Rondo was all business.
When asked if he took the matchup with Harris personally, he gave the same answer he’s used when asked about matching up with Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and other great point guards in the league.
“I take everyone as a challenge, every point guard,” said Rondo. “I respect all of my opponents before every game. He’s having an All-Star year. He’s playing exceptionally well.”
Harris did not play exceptionally well tonight. He committed six turnovers to just three assists, though he did finish with 17 points.
“We didn’t take care of the ball, me included,” said Harris. “I think I had 6 turnovers tonight. As a team, we didn’t do a good job of taking care of the ball especially a team like to turn it over and turn it into fastbreak points”
The two point guards square off again Saturday in New Jersey.