When the Bulls were struggling mid-season, everyone in Chicago wanted to trade Rondo (although they wanted to trade Butler too.) Rondo was floundering, blaming Wade and butler and generally looking disinterested.
But then the 2017 Playoffs started and things changed. Really changed. After the Bulls raced to a 2-0 lead, all the credit was given to Rondo for playing like his old self. Danny Ainge even lamented that they were seeing "Playoff Rondo." People were comparing this Rondo to that of the 2008 and 2009 Rondo. Huh??
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And then during Game 3, after Jae Crowder was celebrating a made 3 in front of the Bulls bench, you could see Rondo stick his leg out as Crowder was walking by. All of a sudden, he was vilified in this area. C and G both remarked to me how much they hated Rondo. And int eh span of about 30 minutes, they both asked me if I had seen Rondo trip Crowder.
And after Rondo was fined $25,000 by the league for the "Trip" everyone seemed glad that he was caught and punished. Forget about the fact that he is saying that he plans to appeal that decision even though he really didn't deny doing it
To go along with this, the intensity of the games seemed to ratchet up. Watch Game 4 with G and DLG, they are both wondering why the teams seem to be playing so hard. Even Mike Gorman was saying that things were crazy.
All this because of little Rajon. Ray Allen is somewhere shaking his head.