Rajon Rondo Outplayed by Jameer Nelson in Game 4 Against Magic


Rajon Rondo Outplayed by Jameer Nelson in Game 4 Against Magic A few days ago, the Celtics looked like a sure thing to advance to the NBA Finals. Now? Not so much.

The Magic took Game 4 in overtime at the TD Garden to keep the series going, but is it really a series yet?

NESN insider Tony Massarotti doesn’t think so.

“Not to me, it isn’t,” he told Cole Wright on Tuesday’s edition of SportsDesk. “I don’t think it’s a series yet. I think Orlando has to win another game to shift the balance back the other way a little bit, but Game 5 is in Orlando. I would expect the Magic to win that game, and it will be incumbent upon the Celtics to win Game 6 at home. But I don’t think they’re in danger quite yet.”

Boston’s loss in Game 4, although hard for Boston fans to swallow, wasn’t demoralizing. It was just difficult.

“To me, it wasn’t demoralizing,” Mazz said. “Frustrating, I think, is a good word. But they still have the series in their grasp. So it’s not as if Orlando has beaten them down here over a series of games. … The Celtics executed poorly offensively all night long, but especially down the stretch, in the fourth quarter and overtime.”

A big reason for Boston’s struggles in Game 4? Rajon Rondo. The point guard suffered from muscle spasms and was outplayed by Orlando’s Jameer Nelson.

“Rondo didn’t look like the same guy to me. He wasn’t nearly as assertive in this game as he has been in other games, and it showed,” Mazz said. “I think it affected their offense. The offense runs through Rondo; the defense runs through [Kevin] Garnett. … Nelson played the better game in Game 4.”

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