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State of the Celtics: Rondo’s Birthday Party, Celtics Struggles Continue

Rajon Rondo/Birthday Cake (Photos by Andrew D. Bernstein/Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

After a lackluster trade deadline, the Boston Celtics have continued to struggle with a 1-4 record since the All-Star break, including an 0-4 west coast trip. The Celtics now stand at 20-39 and are currently the fifth worst team in the NBA.

Rondo skips game for birthday

Rajon Rondo may be the “star” on this team, but his antics have got to stop with the “C” on his chest.

Rondo skipped one stop on the Celtics four-game west coast trip to celebrate his 28th birthday party with friends and family. Sure, the point guard deserves to have some time off, but why not celebrate his birthday on an off day?

Sure, the Celtics would have sat him anyway, but Brad Stevens has yet to say anything about the situation. Rondo has not really shed any light on the issue either. The youngest coach in the NBA can’t say anything about his stars with his lack of experience, so it is up to Danny Ainge to reprimand Rondo before it gets out of hand.

The All-Star point guard did make the game against Utah, but skipping a game for a birthday party is not something a super star in this league should do on a regular basis.

Celtics keep on free falling

The Celtics had lost five straight before last night’s 115-104 victory at home against the Atlanta Hawks. The Celtics are now 4-12 against the Western Conference and will have a tough stretch of games this month. The Eastern Conference teams are all beating each other up with only Indiana and Miami rising to the top of the conference.

Sure, the game’s have been competitive, but the fourth quarter has been a trouble spot on both ends of the floor for the Celtics with an average of only 95 points compared to 102 for their opponents.

The Road Ahead

The Celtics won’t play again until Saturday and have two contests over the next seven days. First will be the Indiana Pacers at  home and then a matchup against the Golden State Warriors next Wednesday. Both of these games are part of a  five-game home stand.

Prediction: 0-2

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