LOS ANGELES — Again, this loss felt familiar. Almost like the Celtics’ Game 3 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In that game, the Celtics were blown out on their own court, 124-95, to fall to 1-2 in the series. As we all know, the Celtics bounced back with a monster game from Rajon Rondo (29 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists), winning the next three games to capture the series.
However, that doesn’t resonate with Rondo.
“It’s not similar at all,” Rondo said. “It’s Game 1. It’s one game. In the series, the Cleveland series, they were up 2-1? That’s closer to elimination. We still have a couple more games to play here. It’s only Game 1. Those games, it was three games in, heading into Game 4. Now, it’s just going into Game 2.”
He did, however, provide his own example of what last night’s 102-89 loss to the Lakers felt like.
“The only thing I can probably relate it to is maybe a couple years back, 2008, when Detroit came in Game 1 and stole a game from us,” he said. “That’s how I feel. I feel like they stole a game from us.”
We won’t fault Rondo for mistaking the team, or the year, but we do get his point. The Celtics won each of their Game 1s in 2008, including their Game 1 against the Detroit Pistons. But the Celtics dropped both Game 1s in 2009 at the Garden to the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls. As Maya Angelou would say, people won’t remember what you say, but they will remember how you made them feel.