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As soon as the Celtics wrapped up a light session Friday at the team’s practice facility, Rajon Rondo started looking around for volunteers.
He wanted to get a run in, a quick pickup game to test out his right knee, the one he’s spent the past 10 months nursing, and to get the basketball juices flowing.
Jared Sullinger was more than willing.
“I volunteered right then and there,” Sullinger said.
By and large, so did everyone else. From Courtney Lee and Gerald Wallace to assistant coach Walter McCarty, the Celtics ran a 5-on-5 game for their All-Star point guard.
Rondo ran the floor, quarterbacked the offense, played the pest on defense, and passed on talking to reporters. Even though he’s shaking some cobwebs off his skill set, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said just his presence on the floor is a boost.
“He’s so smart, he can come and run our plays on all three guard positions right now,” Stevens said. “It’s really been a positive the last couple months because you can throw him into a drill or into a 5-on-0 drill if you needed to, even before he was cleared to play 5-on-5.”
If Rondo was wearing a “Handle With Care” label, his teammates ignored it.
He hit the floor hard twice — one time crashing into a defender at the top of the arc and again trying to squeeze down the baseline. After both thuds, he dusted himself off and moved on to the next play.
More good news about Rajon Rondo. Unfortunately, we’re still several weeks away before he’s playing for real.
Gotta run. I’m suffering from a late night and now my kid has hoops.
Reminder: The Celts have a rare 1pm tip-off today with the Wizards.
The rest of the links:
Herald – Crawford regrets last days in DC | Globe – Trade rumors didn’t bother Bass, Lee | CSNNE – Celtics/Wizards preview | Celtics sing Christmas carols at Children’s hospital | ESPN Boston – W2W4 Cs vs Wiz