Boston Celtics: HORSE
February, 13, 2010
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
DALLAS -- Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo dispelled some myths about his ability to hit perimeter jumpers with an impressive showing during Saturday night's HORSE competition, but it wasn't enough to top one of the league's best pure shooters, as Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant repeated as HORSE champion during the second annual competition Saturday night at the Jam Session Center Court at the Dallas Convention Center.
Rondo, a career 26.6 percent shooter from beyond the arc, might have matched his season total of 3-pointers (12) during an hourlong competition that saw him hit from deep in the corner and then match Durant punch for punch from the top of the key to close out the competition.
After Sacramento's Omri Casspi bowed, Rondo and Durant struggled to make baskets and the contest, up against the TV clock, deteriorated to a preview of the 3-point shooting contest. You'd think that meant a quick exit for Rondo, but he battled, especially with his back against the wall, before Durant finally prevailed.
"[Durant] just kept making shot after shot, that's what he does," said Rondo, who admitted TNT pushed the gas pedal on the competition as the contestants struggled with their trick shots in the early going. "I shot with confidence and made a couple."
He made more than a couple, enough to joke that coach Doc Rivers might have to retool the offense and put in some offensive plays that feature Rondo spotting up behind the 3-point stripe.
Rondo also joked that he did so well beyond the arc that he was going to give teammate Paul Pierce some pointers before the 3-point Shootout later in the evening. Pierce won the event at the nearby American Airlines Center, topping Chauncey Billups and Stephen Curry in the finals.
Regardless of the result for Rondo, he walked away with a smile.
"I had a good time, I had a lot of fun," said Rondo. "I came out and hit some shots, but KD beat me out."
For the full shot log, check out after the jump.