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Your Morning Dump… Where Rajon Rondo will be limited to 18-20 minutes

Chuck - Red's Army January 16, 2014 Celtics News, Rajon Rondo, The Morning Dump 15 Comments

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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 donned a uniform, ran out with his teammates, and participated in the layup line before Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors, which the Celtics won, 88-83.

No, the All-Star guard wasn’t making his season debut after being sidelined while recovering from knee surgery. But Rondo was active, as coach Brad Stevens said he wanted to get Rondo “into that rhythm of pregame activity.”

Rondo also practiced with the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics’ Development League affiliate, Wednesday in Waltham, and Stevens said the workout, which was considered Rondo’s final physical hurdle before returning to action, “accomplished what we wanted to accomplish.”

With that said, it appears Rondo is on track to play Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden, which would be his first NBA game since Jan. 25, 2013, when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Atlanta.

As expected, Rondo, a four-time All-Star who has twice led the league in assists per game, will start at point guard when he returns, though Stevens said there would be yet-to-be-determined restrictions on how much he’ll play.

“Listen, if Rondo comes back Friday — and I still haven’t been told yes or no — but if he comes back Friday, he’s only going to play 18 to 20 minutes,” Stevens said after the game. “And he’s coming back from playing for the first time in a year. For any of us to expect him to be in playoff form is not fair to him. That being said, I think his energy and his leadership will lift our team. But I don’t think we should put too much on his shoulders anyways, whether we won the last game or lost the last game.”

Boston Globe

Everything is set for Friday night. Rajon Rondo is ready. The Celtics lined up a cupcake opponent (LA has lost 10 of 11). And most importantly, John, KWAPT, Jay and myself will be in the building.

I assume Rondo will play about half the 1st quarter before he needs a break. We’ll see him for another 3-4 minute stretch in the 2nd quarter and then a repeat performance in the 2nd half.

What can we expect? How about 8 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds.

Rondo was assigned to the D-League for about two hours yesterday afternoon. Did he take a chopper up to Portland? Hell no. The team came to him. Love it.

Related: ESPN Boston – Cs snap skid, excited to add Rondo | CSNNE – Rondo to be limited in return | Babb on Rondo: He looked good

On Page 2, the Celtics may be adding another body

Johnson is a 6-6 forward who played 8 games for Memphis last season. Consider him insurance in an emergency.

The roster sits at 13, but because Keith Bogans pouted his way out of Boston, Brad Stevens only has 12 bodies.

Here’s a fun fact: Trader Danny has amassed 17 draft picks over the next 5 years.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Sully joins 20/20 club | Rapid reaction: Celtics 88 Raptors 83 | After latest swap, Stevens loves team vision | Herald – Sullinger, Cs see light | Latest deal boosts renters market | Crawford off to Golden shores | CSNNE – Pressey’s 1st start: 10 assists, 0 TOs | Globe – Bradley continues fine recent play |

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  • bill_nair

    I cant wait. Im more looking forward to how these guys respond to him on the floor. I expect things to just LOOK alot smoother (though obviously he’ll be rusty and this team will probably lose a few games due to familiarity issues.) I expect we’ll pummel LA and even the strongest tanking supporters have to want the same thing.

  • adam

    17 picks in the next 5 years? damn, something big is going down this summer.

  • swissflix

    I am so excited about this! However, at this point i am all in for tanking. The guys were given a run and the west coast trip has shown them what the limits are. They beat Toronto basically because the Raptors could not hit a free throw. So i do have mixed feelings. I expect Hump to be traded next. He is playing so well and contributes a great deal, there just has to be a team that is willing to pick up his contract for the remainder of the season. Continue the tanking, even with Rondo. Hey, 2014-2015 is only 10 months away, after all!

  • Curt Hays

    I am in Dallas and just had lunch next to four guys from Boston. Because they all had Bruins/Sox gear, I decided to see how they felt about Rondo’s return. Basically, the response was “trade him for more picks”. When I was at Logan International last August, wearing my Rondo jersey, plenty of people actually said a number of negative things to me about Rondo.

    Does everyone want Rondo gone that badly?

    • RedsLoveChild

      Rondo is a good player….but, a sizable amount of “Rondo Backlash” or “Rondo Fatigue” definitely exists amongst a significant number of Celtic loyalists.

      • Curt Hays

        Yeah, Paul Pierce was an okay basketball player as a Celtic too. Haha.
        I guess people are just that way about someone that has been around for a minute. I mean, I think Dallas wasted money on Dirk for too long.

        • RedsLoveChild

          It`s not my intent to slam Rondo but, I would not put him in the same same category as Pierce.

          Rondo simply is not a great player….he`s very good, he has heart, he never runs afoul of the law, I like having him on the team, etc.

          But, if RR is the “best player” on your team, your team won`t be contending for any championships. He cannot “take over” NBA games at 6`1″. Throw in his 63% FT shooting, and his lack of a “feared” perimeter jump-shot, and you`re left with something less than a superstar.

          BTW, Dallas is a great town! I spent a week there several years ago, stayed at The Regency, visited every site remotely connected to JFK, ate at the West End everyday, the natives could not have been nicer! I went in May, and the only “negatives” were that I obviously had no Cowboy game to attend, and the Rangers were on a road-trip.

          • Curt Hays

            Sounds like a very cool stay in D Town. You hit some good parts of town. I’m glad everyone was nice!

            By the same token, I don’t think Pierce was the guy who lead us to glory. It was a team effort, obviously, but, from my armchair, it all hinged on KG. There just aren’t many KGs around.

          • RedsLoveChild

            No question things changed dramatically when KG arrived. KG was easily the Celts` most important player during those contending years. When your best player is a still super-talented 6`11″ big, winning becomes a lot easier.

            What many overlook is how well DA stocked the bench immediately after acquiring KG & Allen. Huge contributions were made by Posey, House, Powe, Big Baby, PJ Brown…all were newcomers.

            Prior to 2007, Pierce was playing by himself. He had no quality teammates those first 9 years {Antoine Walker sucked}, so winning was out of the question. Any other guy with PP`s clout would`ve demanded a trade out of Boston…he did not…which plays a big role in him being beloved..

  • GreenEnder

    “And most importantly, John, KWAPT, Jay and myself will be in the building.” My man CJcoolgrey passed up a free ticket to the game to write the recap – make sure to send him some kudos!

  • RedsLoveChild

    18-20 minutes of playing time…..or as Rondo would say, 1080-1200 seconds.