|Despite the ugly loss, Rondo managed to top 10 assists.|
I know that sounds ridiculous, and luckily I don't think Rajon or any of the other players would agree with me. But in the long run, I think whether or not the Celtics won last night will have zero effect on the final outcome of the season. If they don't win the title, nobody's going to be blaming it on a loss in game #2.
But you can't have a championship every year, and the stats do matter. Near record streaks are fun to watch, and part of the entertainment of sports. Your team won't win all the time, so it makes for a better fan experience when there's other things besides victories that are important.