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Your Morning Dump… Where its lob, boom, bam, basket

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Rajon Rondo dished out 17 assists, and a handful of them were lobs to O’Neal, who could finish around the rim with ease, either with a powerful two-hand flush or an agile reverse lay-in.

“I’ve got 28,000 points for a reason,’’ O’Neal said. “The buckets I got tonight, the rest of my career I’ll be able to get buckets like that. I’m not trying to back down, back down, back down. I’m too old for that. So Rondo penetrates, his man comes, lob, boom, bam, basket. If I can get 10 of those every game, I can get you 18 points a game.’’

Globe: In second game back, O'Neal makes his presence felt

I guess Shaq is giving himself one miss in those 10?  

Rondo is the perfect point guard for Shaq at this point of his career.  I swear that in Rondo's world, everything moves half speed because he can sense when a guy is open and get him the ball in a blink.  There's no way a normal person can see it, think it, and do it in the same amount of time as Rondo does. 

So when Rondo is in the lane and Shaq's guy slides over to prevent the easy lay up, Rondo just tosses it up Shaq's way and lets him take care of the rest.  It's a lot of fun. 

On Page 2:  This has been a successful road trip

“It’s been difficult, man,’’ Pierce said. “We’ve been tested with some great teams here on the road. Three overtime games. Being on the road all week, and being injured. Not even being healthy. We were just trying to get through the stretch.’’

“It’s been grueling, but mentally it’s been good for us,’’ Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “We’re winning these games and down the road it’ll help us somewhere. I don’t know where. The great thing is we have rest after this.’’

Globe: Celtics work overtime vs. Grizzlies

“It’s been a valuable trip for us,” said Garnett, who added he was fine after the hit from Randolph. “We’ve been able to overcome some things. Obviously the Dallas game didn’t go the way we wanted it to, but we learned a lot about ourselves on this trip.

“It felt like we’ve been on the road for about three weeks, but it’s been cool. Good weather; that doesn’t hurt. Some decent games.”

Herald: Celtics learn to stay up late

I had the C's pegged for a 2-2 trip.  Last year's team would have lost last night's game.  The end of the road trip, an emotional win over Miami, and three days off at home staring them in the face seemed like enough of a reason for the C's to pull the typical NBA "mail-in". But this year, the C's are battling through those mental stumbling blocks.  

Maybe after a couple of years being burned by 60-something win predictions… our guesses this year might be a little low.  The mail-ins might be a little more infrequent than we thought this year.

The rest of the links:

Herald:  Grizzled Tony Allen still fighting for place  |  Big ups for Big Al Jefferson  |  Globe:  Experience beats out youth again  |  ESPN Boston:  Intimidation Factor  |  Postgame notes  |  CSNNE:  C's wrap road trip in style  |  Shaq sets the tone  |  MWDN: Honeymoon over for Heat 

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  • Double P Reppin the B

    Don’t forget that last years team started off red hot. 27-5 I think at Christmas… It didn’t start going downhill till January. Just sayin’

  • good point

  • greenbeand

    it hasn’t been brought up in a while, but Doc needs to figure out his rotations. clearly this team is playing for home court advantage and figuring how to stop 2nd half melt downs would make all the difference!

  • Mileke

    Double P,
    You Say It Went Downhill In January, But This January We Get Perk Back… Last Year Pierce Got Hurt Around Christmas, Garnett Never Felt Too Good Last Year…. And Doc Was Resting People Alot More The 2nd Half Of The Season, Getting Ready For Playoffs… We Couldve Won Alot Of Them Games We Lost In The 2nd Half Of The Year… We Didnt Have The Bench That We Have This Year… We Didnt Have A Healthy Garnett or Pierce…. And Chemistry Wasnt All That Great Either… This YEar We Have All That,And More… And Hopefully It Will Last… And I Want You Also To Remember One Thing… We Went Downhill In January… But Where Were We June 2010?? Just Sayin!!!!!

  • thetitleisours

    Glen Davis!

  • pungadoo

    This team will not end up like last year.Becuse they have alot more fire power and alot more quality biggs.Kg wont have to play so many minutes.And paul pierce wont either.This is the celtics deepest team.

  • ShawnCVD

    This team is and will roll throughout the season. Delonte can now finally play. Daniels, Baby, Nate and back up center by commission have been so much improved over last year.

  • KY Celts fan

    Same thing happened in ’09, though we finished a bit stronger, still winning 60 games.

  • Stan

    ….as long as everybody stays healthy. Period.