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Your Morning Dump… Where AHHHHH RONDO’S BACK TONIGHT!!!1!

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) January 17, 2014 Celtics News, Rajon Rondo, The Morning Dump 31 Comments

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.

“I’m intrigued to see how that all shakes itself out,” Stevens said Thursday. “There was a great excitement level to our play [during Wednesday's win over the Toronto Raptors] just because we had a 10-guys-backs-against-the-wall type deal. But you also had the thing with Rajon possibly coming back Friday that added to that.”

The Celtics snapped a nine-game losing streak on Wednesday, a game in which Rondo was activated and sat on the bench as a dress rehearsal for Friday’s return.

“I think, obviously, the community is going to be really excited, as they should be, and our players will be really excited,” Stevens said. “And I think it’s appropriate for everyone to temper their expectations of him, especially early on in this comeback.”

ESPN Boston:  Bar starts low for Rondo

OH MY GOD I’M SO EXCITED FOR RAJON RONDO TO COME BACK I BET HE HAS A HUNDRED ASSISTS AND ALLEY OOPS AND… wait, what?

Temper my expectations of him?

Why? Because I think he’s going to have 42 points, 24 assists, and 13 rebounds in 20 minutes of his first game back in a year?

Pshhhh.  What could possibly hold him back? 

“I think conditioning right now is probably the biggest question,” said Ainge, “so his minutes will be limited to start, and I don’t know if that’s going to happen for weeks or months or what. He’ll probably be playing five minutes per quarter, approximately, and knowing Rondo, he’s going to be complaining about that, probably checking himself back into the game occasionally because that’s who he is. But that’s the game plan.”

Oh, right.  The ability of his weakened cardiovascular system to actually provide his body with enough power to play extended minutes at the NBA level.

That thing.

Ok, the reality of this game tonight is that this is the next step back from his recovery and that he’s still not 100%.  I’m sure his knee is structurally fine, but his body still has not endured the rigors of an NBA game.  And no matter what you do in practice, there is simply no substitute for game action.

Rondo might influence a game here and there now that he’s back… Lord knows they could use someone to steer the ship down the rough waters of the last two minutes of games.   But I’ve always said from the beginning the season would play out in the parts:

1:  The shitty, sorry, one of the worst teams in the league first part of the season (mission accomplished there).

2:  The Rondo returns, struggle to get acclimated, be a little better but still lose a bunch part of the season (this begins tonight).

3:  The “you don’t really want to play the Celtics right now” part of the season where Rondo is back at full speed, he has grown accustomed to whatever teammates he has after the trade deadline, and now he’s leading charges and winning half of his games.

So far we’re right on target for that.  By the time we get to chapter 3, the Celtics will have lost enough games that a .500 stretch to finish the season won’t really have much impact on their draft lottery position.  They won’t race to a playoff spot or anything, so I wouldn’t worry too much about that.

Sit back and enjoy his return.  This is an exciting player who is already wowing his teammates in practice.  It will be fun to see some of the things he can do again… even if they’re in short, 5-minute chunks.

 Related links:  Globe: Rondo to return to lineup Friday  |  CSNNE:  Tanguay: Showcasing Rondo in return?  |  Rondo in line to play with minutes restriction  |  Counting down the seconds until Rondo’s return  |  WEEI:  Ainge confirms Rondo’s return

Page 2:  Kobe Bryant wishes Pierce and KG were still here

“Absolutely,” he said recently after a Lakers practice that went on without him and his fractured left knee. “It was tough to see that happen. I mean, going against Paul and KG, Lakers-Celtics? That’s good basketball.”

Bryant shook his head and hit the memory button on his mind’s DVR.

“When we played against them, you saw really good basketball,” Kobe said. “You saw smart players, unselfish players who played both ends of the floor, multi-faceted players.

“So of course I’d hoped for a team like that to stick together, because that’s the maximum level of competition that you’re going to have. I mean, that 2010 series is my favorite series of all time, just because it was the most competitive one. It was the most difficult one. I mean, we’re going against four future Hall of Famers. That doesn’t happen too often.”

Herald:  Kobe Bryant longs for rivalry

Yeah… I can’t share that same sentiment about 2010.  I’m more of a 2008 kind a guy…

Those were some good times.

I’m totally on board with the rest of that sentiment, though, Kobe.  I miss those days already.  It’s never easy to go watch a Celtics-Lakers game when both teams are terrible.

Ouch.

And Finally

WALTHAM — In a move that will add depth to their suddenly shrunken roster, the Celtics are expected to sign Rio Grande Valley Vipers small forward Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract on Friday.

Johnson has been playing for the Rockets’ affiliate in the NBA Development League, where he is averaging 19.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 20 games this season.

“Chris has been playing very well. We need a wing player, we need someone who can shoot the ball, so Chris will add some depth to our team for now,” president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said before practice Thursday.

Via the Globe

Welcome aboard.

Related links:  CSNNE:  C’s sign Chris Johnson to 10-day contract

The rest of the links

ESPN (insider): What is Ainge up to?  |  ESPN Boston:  C’s readying reinforcements  |  Globe:  Mailbag:  Trades, Rondo’s return, and more  |  CSNNE:  Ainge: Bogans’ frustration with role led to excused absence

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  • adam

    im calling for 30 points 30 assist 30 rebound game. dont doubt the rondo!……..

    • CFH

      You forgot to mention the 15 steals!

      • Step

        Why stop there..lets add 10 blocks! Quadruple double baby..this is before we even get to the 2nd half.

        But for real I’m glad he’s coming back.

        • eddysamson

          Quintuple Double*

        • adam

          i’m glad he is coming back too.

        • Curt Hays

          Step, c’mon, be realistic. He’s not going to have 10 blocks. 30/30/30 is a lock, but 10 blocks? You need to slow down.

    • Curt Hays

      First 100 assist game in history.

      • adam

        I’m feeling it too!

  • Andy

    Happy Rondo day

    • Curt Hays

      A Happy Rondo Day to you too, sir!
      Happy Rondo Day to everyone!

  • Curt Hays

    Kobe says 4 HOFers…how about Michael Finley, Rasheed Wallace, Glen Davis, Rondo, and the White Mamba. They all have the potential to be HOFers. It will be surprising if they all get it, but at least three of those guys [plus Scal] will. That puts the HOF list at 7 for that team!

    • adam

      I forgot about Finley.

      • Andy

        Glen Davis???? Um no. Who is the white mamba?

  • RedsLoveChild

    2008 Game 6 highlights never get old…especially the back-to-back 3`s by Posey & House mid-way thru the 2nd. That was the knockout blow!

    That`s when lightning struck….it went from 32-29 to 38-29 in a flash…the Garden was an asylum…Jackson called a “panic” time-out…the rout was officially on!
    Good times!

    • Curt Hays

      Rondo was working on a Quadruple Double…He’s going to change your mind soon, RLC!

      • RedsLoveChild

        Well, what`s there to really change?

        Rondo is a very good player…if they trade him, they`d better get a damn good player in return!

  • Brad P

    I appreciate Kobe referring to Rondo as a future Hall of Famer, but it’s still too early for that.

    Still think Rondo is the best player in his draft class though…that should count for something right? lol (Although Aldridge is making that a debate this year)

  • dk

    I can’t believe we lost game 7….

    • Curt Hays

      Too soon…for both of them.

  • Frank Aziza

    Hopefully Ainge will not trade him, maybe he actually thinks there’s a player currently in the NBA that u can build with.

  • KGino

    WHYYYY PERK, WHYYY!!!

    • Curt Hays

      How many beers are you on so far today?

    • tvor03

      If that wasn’t for that clodhopper Bynum going over the back, Perk never would have been injured and we would have won that championship.

  • Thatguy

    I made sure today was a free day for me. I’m counting down to this game!

  • Allen

    I miss Pierce and Garnett too, Kobe.

  • disqus_UOqPUyk9ij

    Is there a way for me to watch this game on my phone? I have the ESPN app but too bad this isnt televised on it. Does CSN have something like that?

    • Curt Hays

      League Pass mobile will play it. It’s probably like $55 for the season on your phone.

    • Andy

      Get a slingbox theyre worth every single penny

  • frickenWaaaltah

    Losing in 2010 was where I got over the Kobe hate. It was just something I saw in his own personal reaction to winning that game 7 after how it all went down. Since then it has just been the fun kind of sports hate when he’s on the court against our team.

    I mean really, God help me, since then I have quite often LIKED him. Cranky old man Kobe wanting all the crazy kids in the league to get off his lawn has been entertaining. Kobe Bryant: voice of reason amongst the madness, Kobe Byrant: elder statesman of the Lakers, is a side of him I’d never have guessed I’d someday see.

    Even without him on the floor, tonight should be fun. Yeah they aren’t elite teams right now, but I think I’ll like this a lot more than when one of them is contending and the other isn’t. They’ll still be looking at it as a chance to get a win in Boston for the all-time totals, etc. The game might not turn out to be a work of art, but it could be competitive and fun.

  • omitasub

    Did Kobe just said Rondo is a future hall of famer?
    Big compliment!

  • I bleed green in L.A.

    One of the two games that matter this season. GO CELTICS!!