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Doc Rivers regrets leaving Rajon Rondo in for so long

Rajon Rondo played 53 minutes on Wednesday, and that was just too long for Doc's taste.

Minutes mounted for Celtics’ Big Three - Sports - Boston.com

"I thought the biggest mistake I made, actually, was keeping Rondo in that long," Rivers said. "I took the gamble. Sometimes it’s a good one. Sometimes it’s a bad one. I didn’t think this was a good one. I just thought he got tired." As Rivers said, "I thought we started walking the ball up the floor. I thought our tempo changed in the fourth quarter . . . I thought that had an impact on him, and on the speed of the game."