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Rondo not dwelling on future without Big Three

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Rondo not dwelling on future without Big Three

Rajon Rondo learned early on that basketball is a business. After his rookie season, he saw nearly half his team dealt away in trades to acquire Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the summer of 2007.

Since winning a championship in 2008, his best friend, Kendrick Perkins, was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Rondo has been part of trade rumors himself. This week, Yahoo! Sports reported the Celtics looked into trading both Allen and Paul Pierce this season.

Facing the expiring contracts of Allen, 36, and Garnett, 35, this summer, the 26-year-old point guard knows nothing is certain next season and the New Big Three era could come to an end.

I just go with the flow, Rondo recently told CSNNE.com. I dont really dwell on what may come in the future because the future isnt promised to me. So why worry about something when I cant control it?

Whatever his teammates decide to do, he wants them to be happy, whether it is with the Celtics or elsewhere. In the meantime, he is trying to capitalize on their chances for a title this season.

Im not a cheesy person, Rondo said. Im kind of just go with the flow, wish them well as far as health, wish myself well with it, try to make this run at it. These may be our last days, they may not be. They may all re-sign with the Celtics. You never know.

He continued, I would like them to be happy wherever they go. They might decide to retire. You never know. . . . You never know. So as long as theyre happy, Im happy.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

0:41 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and DJ Bean discuss the Celtics 16-game winning streak being snapped by the Miami Heat.

6:05 - Tom Curran and Mike Giardi talk about Tom Brady missing practice due to an Achilles injury and Randy Moss’ chances to make the Hall of Fame.

11:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the mental and physical fatigue that the streak had on the Celtics and if there is a sense of relief that the streak is over.  

16:11 - With it being the 5th anniversary of the Butt Fumble, we compare it to other embarrassing sports moments in history. 

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

When you reflect upon Boston’s 16-game winning streak which came to an end with Miami’s 104-98 win on Wednesday, there were moments in just about every game that played a major factor in their success.

So it was only fitting that in the Miami loss, it would be a whole lot of little things that ultimately brought the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history to a screeching halt.

  • Al Horford missed a pair of free throws.
  • Marcus Smart split a pair that had he made both, would have tied the game up in the fourth quarter.
  • Jayson Tatum had his only turnover of the game, in the fourth.
  • Terry Rozier had a rebound that he could not corral and bounced off his hands out of bounds.

And that doesn’t even factor in the missed open shots and unforced turnovers that collectively played a major role in Boston’s winning streak being a thing of the past now.

“I turned it over, we missed some free throws . . . we had some unfortunate things happen,” Tatum told reporters following the loss.

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Even with the loss, the Celtics (16-3) still boast the best record in the NBA.

Kyrie Irving has elevated his all-around play to a level to where he’s legitimately in the conversation as a league MVP candidate.

Jayson Tatum has established himself as one of the league’s top rookies from his draft class.

“As you could see, they kept hitting us, hitting us, until we were knocked out,” Irving said. “They deserved that win tonight.”

Disappointed with the loss, but it was not at all surprising to head coach Brad Stevens who has been raising concerns about his team’s attention to detail for the past few games and sensed it would catch up to them sooner or later.

“I told you, we’re not as good as the 16-game win streak,” Stevens said. “But we do have a lot of resolve. I can’t say enough about our guy’s will to come back. It’s incredible we were able to erase that lead that quickly and give ourselves a chance.”

Indeed, the Celtics rallied from a double-digit deficit to come within a single point in the fourth quarter. But unlike previous games, Boston couldn’t find a path to victory.

“We’re just going to continue to learn and continue to get better,” Irving said. “It’s the same things echoed when we were winning. Just continue to get better and understand, there’s still a lot for us to accomplish going forward.

He added, “It was a good streak, and it’s finally come to an end.”

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