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Doc Rivers ran into Rajon Rondo at Boston hotel after Laker's game-winner

Doc Rivers ran into Rajon Rondo at Boston hotel after Laker's game-winner

A pair of Los Angeles transplants apparently had a serendipitous reunion in Boston on Thursday night.

After Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo buried his former team with a buzzer-beater at TD Garden, he headed back to the team hotel -- where his former coach, Doc Rivers, had just arrived ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers' game versus the Celtics on Saturday night.

Naturally, the two spent time catching up after Rondo's heroics.

"We actually ended up in the same hotel, so I had a chance to talk to him for a long time," Rivers said of Rondo before Saturday's game in Boston, as aired on NBC Sports Boston. "I see him a lot. You know, we live in the same city now so we talk a lot, I see him a lot.

"I was happy for him. I’m surprised that that was his first game-winner."

Rondo indeed had never hit a game-winner before in his career, which began with a nine-season stint under Rivers in Boston. If you believe in karma, you can blame Rondo's buzzer-beater on Kevin Garnett, who showed up to the Garden rocking Rondo's old Celtics No. 9 jersey.

"Kevin was in the building in a Rondo (jersey) -- I wasn’t sure what he was doing," Rivers said. "Like, does he cheer for the Celtics? Kevin confused me the other night. But it was a good look on him. The green was a very good look on him.”

Rivers also was asked about the state of this current Celtics team as it attempts to find its groove entering the playoffs. He seems optimistic.

"I look at them and think they’re in a fine place," Rivers added. "They’ll be fine. We won a lot (during the 2007-08 season), and that made it look easier, so the winning covered up a lot of stuff. It does. I think it looked easier.”

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L2M report says Tyson Chandler fouled Kyrie Irving before Rajon Rondo's game-winner

L2M report says Tyson Chandler fouled Kyrie Irving before Rajon Rondo's game-winner

Just to throw more salt on the wound from the Celtics' 129-128 loss to the Lakers Thursday night, the NBA's Last Two Minute Report stated that Kyrie Irving was fouled by Tyson Chandler moments before Rajon Rondo's game-winning jumper. 

Irving was guarding Brandon Ingram when Chandler set an illegal screen that went uncalled. Al Horford blocked Ingram's layup attempt, but Rondo came up with the loose ball in time to sink Boston on their home floor. 

Here's the play, the screen is set at the 0:14 mark in the video:

It seems like the Celtics were going to switch Horford on to Ingram anyway, and Boston also had three chances to secure the loose ball before Rondo got to it. The general rule of thumb for teams is to not leave it up to the referees at the end of the game. 

However, it's a missed call that would have likely changed the outcome of the game. The Celtics will need every win they can get to secure home-court advantage in at least the first two rounds of the playoffs, so things like this can be frustrating. 

Unfortunately, the L2M report doesn't change the result, so for the Celtics, it's on to the next one. 

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This stat about Rajon Rondo's buzzer-beater won't please Celtics fans

This stat about Rajon Rondo's buzzer-beater won't please Celtics fans

"Where was all this 10 years ago?"

If you're a Boston Celtics fan, that likely was your reaction watching Rajon Rondo turn into a sharpshooter at TD Garden on Thursday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers guard not only went 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 7-of-11 overall, but he also delivered the dagger: a scramble-mode floater at the buzzer to hand his ex-team a crushing loss.

So, where were these heroics during Rondo's nine seasons in Boston? According to ESPN Stats & Info: nowhere.

That's right: Rondo's buzzer-beater Thursday night was the first of his entire career. And of course he saved it for revenge against the C's.

Rondo said after the game he "couldn't picture it this sweet." But crazily enough, he hit a shot from almost the exact same spot earlier in the day while playing with his son during Lakers shootaround.

Can't make this stuff up.

The rest of the NBA community seemed to know this was a seminal moment for the veteran point guard, as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett (via his "KG's Area 21" Twitter account) were among the many left in disbelief.

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