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Your Morning Dump..Where Rondo Livened Up Practice

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.

A day after his name was being thrown around in trade speculation, Rajon Rondo was on a practice floor taking his most significant steps yet on the way back from ACL surgery. And, yes, he was wearing Celtics gear.

Steve Bulpett-Amid Rumors, Rajon Rondo Livens Up Practice

rrNo Rondo trade rumors this morning. Just some good news as far as his rehab goes. During C’s practice in Houston yesterday, Rondo participated in some halfcourt 3-on-3, which he was given the ok for last week. He told the assembled media afterward that he’d been cleared for “a little bit” of 5-on-5 and that he is feeling better week to week.

“A little bit,” he said later when asked if he’d been given the OK to go 5-on-5.

Rondo added that he has yet to be given a set timetable for a return.

“But I can tell you I’m feeling a lot better,” he said. “I feel a lot better than I did last week.”

He continues to wear a brace on his right knee, but his movements did not appear to be hindered too badly by the device.

“He did a little bit more today, just putting himself in and out. He didn’t practice the entire time, but he did a lot of things, which was good,” said coach Brad Stevens.

As far as the rumors go, they’re certainly nothing new to the Celtics point guard, and at this point in his career, I doubt he’s too focused on them. For a competitor like Rondo, what’s most important to him at this moment is preparing himself mentally & physically for his return to the Celtics lineup. And if you think Jeff Green has had pressure on him this season, wait until Rajon returns. Much like Avery Bradley was dubbed “The Savior” by some last year, Rondo will most definitely be counted upon to “save” this team to some extent. Granted, expectations are much, much lower this season, but fans (like me) are hoping that Rajon will inject some excitement, competitive spirit, and most importantly, fun into what’s been mostly a downer of a season thus far.

As coach Brad Stevens told reporters on Monday, having Rondo around regardless of his actual physical participation can do nothing but help at this point-in many ways.

“Him just being around is a positive — you know, being loud, talking to guys, challenging guys, communicating with guys. It just makes us better when he’s around. And he’s been like that all the time, but certainly the more that he’s allowed to be involved with, the more that he does, the better we’re going to be. There’s no question about that.”

Page 2:  T.A. kicks CP3 in the head, gets ejected

In the first meeting between the Clippers and Grizzlies since last year’s exciting and heated playoff series, things got a bit ugly near the end of the first quarter. Tony Allen was whistled for a flagrant two foul and subsequently ejected for kicking Chris Paul in the head/neck:

The Grizzlies went on to win 106-102 and have now won 3 in a row. The loss was the Clippers’ first at Staples Center this season.

The rest of the links: Herald: High Price Of Rajon Rondo|

ESPN Boston: Power Rankings-C’s At Number 27|Navigating Rumor Season|

CSNNE: With Rondo Out Pressey Trying To Make Impression|Celtics Brushing Off Rondo Rumors|

NY Post: Pierce Refuses To Meet With Media| NBA.com: Celtics Sport VU Player Tracking Numbers|

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  • CFH

    I don’t know if I want to live in a world where I see Trick or Treat Tony’s name and start feeling nostalgic.

  • Chuck Moran

    He did kick him but seriously he did not hit him hard enough to make a grown man do a 360 I ate chris Paul man he’s such a actress. Tony Allen probably doesn’t get ejected if Paul doesn’t act like a shotgun hit him. Him and lebron are turning the game into soccer I don’t get why flopping is allowed it’s cheating.

    • bill_nair

      Wouldn’t really call that a flop but Ill say he deserved it. CP3 is one of my least favorite players.

  • Chuck Moran

    What a freaking looser look closely at the replay he gets hit and the force pushes to the right but then Paul has to throw that twist but he goes the wrong way and throws his arms up its effn disgusting.

  • bill_nair

    TRADE HIM NOW HES A CANCER TO THE LOCKER ROOM!!!

    In all seriousness it sounds like Rondo has been doing a fantastic job of being the leader of this young team. Despite people living in the past and calling him an egotistic knucklehead for things he did years ago, there has been nothing but good reports. Good job Rondo. Hopefully you’ve been working on that jumper.

    Also good job TA. CP3 cant flop his way out that one.

    • Curt Hays

      I know you’re a fan Bill, and I love your post.
      But in all seriousness, I’m more tired of hearing that he needs to work on his jumper than I am of hearing people call for a trade. Seriously, he had a good % with his jumper last year and the year before. I don’t want to hear that it’s because people have been sagging off of him. Last year Steph Curry’s shooting dropped to 20% in all games in which he had a shot blocked. Rondo can shoot.
      Don’t make me bring up the horse game again. :-)

      • bill_nair

        Hes got a great mid-range game. That horse game really proved it to me he can shoot (didnt he miss one less than Durant?). But lets not act like hes a “jump shooter”. Hell he hasn’t even shown us hes confident with it. This year I want Rondo to be aggressive with his shot. Come off screens and take the shot like Bradley has been. Take some pull up jumpers on the break. Maybe more 3′s. None of this is a slight to Rondo’s game and I agree with you, mid-range he’s proven hes solid. I just want to see the confidence there.

        • Curt Hays

          I nod in general agreement with you.

    • Dustin Chapman

      When everyone says Rondo is a cancer, too much of a hothead, etc. it is 100% driven by media reports. I mean… 100%. Not even 99.9%. One hundred, And now that the new “story” on Rondo is “how he must mature,” every single recent article about him is all lovey dovey. “Oh he’s so much more mature!” makes me laugh. The media kills me, but people’s reactions to the media is just sad.

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  • omitasub

    Tony Allen just gave CP3 a reason to get down to the ground like a noob instead of flopping. I love Tonyyyyyy!