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Rondo key to clinching win after bad effort in Game 5

Updated: June 18, 2008, 12:35 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Young point guard Rajon Rondo played so poorly in Game 5 of the NBA Finals that Celtics coach Doc Rivers used him for just 14½ minutes. That all changed in Game 6.

Rondo was hesitant to shoot in Sunday night's fifth game loss in Los Angeles. He even passed up an easy layup to throw the ball out for a longer shot that missed. Rondo hit one of seven shots and, Rivers said, was "just not playing well."

The speedy second-year starter came of age on Tuesday night with ...

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