Rajon Rondo and the New Orleans Pelicans prevented themselves from being swept by the Golden State Warriors after a 119-100 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Friday at the Smoothie King Center. Despite only scoring four points, Rondo managed to make a huge impact for the Pelicans in a different way, finishing with 21 assists and 10 rebounds. Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr praised Rondo for his performance in Game 3 and called him a competitor despite multiple heated exchanges with Draymond Green.
However, Kerr also expressed concern that Rajon Rondo was doing some "dangerous" tactics in Game 3.
"I think Draymond's done a good job of handling his business," Kerr said. "Rondo is a competitor. So they're competing. I don't see anything wrong with it other than the tripping [by Rondo]. You can't do that. I'm all for getting underneath guys' skin, but you can't try to step on a guy's foot or try to swipe a guy underneath his feet while he's shooting. Those are dangerous plays. Other than that, I like the competition."
According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, Coach Steve Kerr was talking about two incidents in Game 3 where Rajon Rondo was involved. During the first quarter, Rondo was caught putting his right foot underneath Stephen Curry's while the latter was hitting a jumper. The second one was when Rondo tried to trip Green while the Warriors' power forward was on his way to their bench.