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Rondo, who missed two games after jousting with the Nets’ Kris Humphries, provided the Celtics with an offensive spark, but didn’t care to elaborate much on his night. Here’s a sampling of the back-and-forth at the start of his postgame chat with reporters:
Q: How did it feel to be back out there?
Q: Was your adrenaline pumping for this game?
Q: How long did it take you to get back into a rhythm?
Rondo: Only like two seconds.
Rondo certainly wasted little time picking up where he left off. He chipped in 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go along with 11 assists, a steal and a rebound over 37:42. He did show some signs of rust, turning the ball over five times, but fueled Boston’s offense by pushing the ball up the floor in transition.
“Having Rondo back was big for us, I thought he brought a lot of good energy,” Kevin Garnett said. “We were excited he was back and we probably fed off that.”
I finally found something in common with Rajon Rondo – we both need only two seconds. Nevermind…
I just love how this guys plays with the media. Sure, I’ve blasted him in the past for not facing the music following boneheaded actions or tough losses, but this is different. It’s playful, ball-busting Rajon, not petulant Rajon.
When he’s in a good mood and ballin’, we’re all better off.
One other note, Avery Bradley is going to start practicing within 10 days:
“Avery is coming along really well,” C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told CSNNE.com. “He has had no setbacks.”
“We thought about it, but made no decisiosn yet,” Ainge said. “We’ll see how his progression is. But [a D-League stint is] a consideration for sure. As of right now, we’re planning for him to come back to practice in the next week to 10 days.”
I can’t wait to see this kid pressure the ball again.
Related link: Globe – Bradley says he’s getting close
The rest of the links:
Globe – Bass came on strong | Celtics tame Wolves | Stiemsma returns with new team | ESPN Boston – KG doesn’t forget | Stiemsma gets rock star treatment | Rapid Reaction: Celtics 104 – Wolves 94 | Herald – C’s pull together, dig in | Stiemsma playing familiar role | Bass snaps out of funk | CSNNE – Bass rebounds in C’s win | Doc: It’s going to be a good month for us |