Through the first 32 games of this abridged campaign in the Association, the Boston Celtics could truly be nicknamed “Team Streak” after losing their fifth straight game Wednesday night to the Oklahoma City Thunder by a final margin of 119-104, giving them a disappointing record of 15-17 as they head into the All-Star weekend break. It is the second time this season that the 2008 NBA Champions have lost five games in a row; however they have also pulled off a stretch when they won nine out of ten contests and had a record of 15-12 earlier this month. If the regular season ended at this point, Boston would be the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
“Celtics Nation” did have something to cheer about on Wednesday night despite the loss to the Thunder as the “Boston Globe” has reported that the club’s starting point guard Rajon Rondo has been named as the replacement for Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson in this Sunday’s 2012 NBA All-Star Game. Johnson had to back out of the contest earlier on Wednesday as he has tendinitis in his left knee.
This will be the third time that the Celtics point guard has been chosen to the Eastern Conference squad and he will join teammate forward Paul Pierce on the team’s roster. Rondo finished serving a two game suspension Wednesday for throwing a ball at referee Sean Wright as Boston lost to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. Rondo has averaged 14.8 points, 9.5 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game this season.