Doc Rivers tried a little humor, as much into his own demeanor as that of those asking questions.
It’s clear that Rajon Rondo [stats] is facing his third suspension in two years for his punch-flying run at Nets forward Kris Humphries last night, a skirmish that spilled into the front row of the stands with 29 seconds left in the first half.
It’s clear that the Celtics [team stats] point guard is adding to the bad part of his tempestuous reputation. So what if his 37-game double-digit assist streak ended last night with Rondo tied with John Stockton for the second longest in NBA history.
Rondo’s other streak, the one involving suspensions, is about to add another troublesome link.
So Rivers tried to laugh after his Celtics compounded the sin with a 95-83 loss to Brooklyn that left him using the dreaded S-word — soft — to describe his team.