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Realizing Rondo has major influence on the younger players, Rivers asked him to give Von Wafer a pep talk before Wafer was summoned with 1:04 left in the third quarter. Wafer sparkled, playing good defense and making a key layup.
“The one thing I love about Rondo when he’s sitting on the bench is he’s really involved in the game,’’ Rivers said. “He’s not sitting on the bench to look nice in a suit and tie. He’s really watching the game and trying to help guys on the bench. I went to Rondo and said, ‘We’re about to put Von Wafer in the game, go talk to him, make sure he’s ready.’ He came in ready.’’
Rondo has had to become more commanding as he has grown older, making sure his teammates are in the right spots, taking a personal stake in how the offense runs.
“I have become more of a [expletive] now,’’ he said. “People say I am big-headed, but that comes with it.’’
How many 24-year old players are asked by their coaches to motivate teammates on the bench? The evolution of Rajon Rondo continues to amaze me.
While all his detractors claim his success is related to playing alongside the Big 3, you could argue it's also a curse.
How is a young point guard supposed to lead with all those alpha-dog personalities? I dunno… but he's clearly carved his niche. Maybe it's because he's an [expletive].
Look for Rondo to return Friday night vs the Hornets.
On Page 2, Nate Robinson nearly puked on the floor.
“I don’t remember what happened,” Robinson, who finished with eight points and four assists, said. “I just remember the blood and running to the back.
“I’m tough. It ain’t like I never had stitches before. It’s nothing. I guess I get a little bit of sympathy from the ladies, so I’m good. I’m good.”
Robinson also ran to the dressing room when he took a hit in the second quarter that roused his illness.
“I almost pulled a Willie Beamen in the first half,” he said, noting the Jamie Foxx character from “Any Given Sunday” who hurled during a game. “I almost threw up. I was kind of sick and under the weather today.”
I nearly puked when the officials called Nate for a foul after he was head-butted by Dunleavy.
Whatever happened to incidental contact? Or if you realize what happened after the whistle, huddle up and declare "No foul."
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston - 5 from afar: More in reserve | First impressions | Strikes, Pop-a-shot | Globe – Celtics hold down Pacers | Daniels height carried weight | Herald – Celtics take their time | CSNNE – Celtics come back to beat Pacers | Shaq has issues staying out of foul trouble | Daniels paces Celtics rally | WEEI – Celtics pace themselves |