Rajon Rondo was the big story of the night but it was Monte Ellis who ended up with the big night, scoring 38 points including 11 in the critical fourth quarter against the Spurs Saturday night.
“I felt it,” Ellis said of his late surge. “It’s in my blood. Those guys were tired from last night, and their defense let up, so we took advantage.”
Rondo, who was dealt from the Celtics in a multi-player deal Thursday dished out nine assists, collected seven rebounds and ended the night with six points on 3-11 shooting.
The Spurs, who are dealing with injuries, have now lost seven of their last eleven games and are close to a losing streak long left behind. Point guard Tony Parker is still questionable and has been upgraded to “game time decision” while Kawhi Leonard is still out rehabbing a torn ligament in his right hand. All this while the Los Angeles Clippers come calling.
“It’s not as bad as it sounds,” Leonard said before Saturday’s triple-overtime loss to Portland. “I should be back soon.”