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Your Morning Dump… Where Rondo wants you to keep playoff hopes alive

Chuck - Red's Army February 4, 2014 Celtics News, Rajon Rondo, The Morning Dump, Vitor Faverani 14 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.
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“[Rondo] lets us know that anything is possible,” said Bradley. “If we come out strong [in the second half of the season], we have a chance to break off a run and win eight games straight if we play harder than everybody else.”

Is this true, captain?

“We have an easy month [of February] as far as scheduling wise,” said Rondo. “I think we only play 11 games this month of February. A lot of winnable games, so I don’t think we could use the excuse of beating ourselves anymore. I think we need to come out and execute and try to get some wins. We’re not too far out of the playoffs. Keep hope alive.”

Yep, Rondo is invoking Jesse Jackson in Boston’s playoff quest. Listen, we all know Rondo’s pretty good at numbers, he understands the long odds against his team. He also knows full well that he alone can’t rescue a flawed team.

Rondo knows that the odds of a playoff spot this season are slimmer than him losing consecutive games of Connect Four, but it’s still encouraging to see Boston’s new leader trying to rally the troops and keep them playing hard at a time when mounting losses might have encouraged young guys to just go through the motions the rest of the way.

ESPN Boston

Playoffs? Let’s take a closer look at the schedule in February.

Just kidding.

While it’s Rajon Rondo’s job to keep his teammates working hard, it’s my job to tell you the playoffs are not happening.

Boston sneaking into the 8th seed is as likely as me sneaking into Kate Upton’s… oh never mind.

Related: Herald – Back in form, Rondo a big boost

On Page 2, why Chris Johnson may be out of work on Thursday.

As much as the Celtics like what Johnson has done so far, there’s a very real chance his contract won’t be picked up for the rest of the year when his current 10-day deal expires on Thursday.

You can count Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, among those pleased with Johnson’s play with the Celtics.

“But it’s a complicated time of the year for us with the trade deadline coming up,” Ainge told CSNNE.com. “We like everything about Chris. We’re hoping to keep him around, but there’s a lot more that prevents that from happening or could prevent that from happening.”

The Celtics have maintained all season that they will not be luxury tax payers this season.

Boston is around $2 million below the $71.7 million luxury tax line now. And while signing Johnson wouldn’t put them past that threshold, it would significantly cut into their already-limited flexibility if they were to engineer a trade between now and the Feb. 20 trade deadline.

If the Celtics stand pat or do little at the trade deadline, Boston may look to sign Johnson for the remainder of the season after the Feb. 20 trade deadline passes. But until then, Johnson will continue to work at making the most of his time with the Celtics.

CSNNE

I’d like to believe the Celtics could let Johnson’s deal expire and re-sign him once the trade deadline dust clears, but it’s highly possible another team will snatch the high energy swingman.

And finally, Vitor Faverani delivers a facial in Maine.

Vitor like dunk.

The rest of the links:

Globe – Celtics still have many questions to answer | CSNNE – Green not suited for current Cs role | Bass still doing his thing for Celtics | ESPN Boston – Bradley diary: SB and more | Power rankings: Cs drop to 27

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  • Chuck Da buck

    The sad thing Is this year thirty wins might get u the seven seed. I honestly believe it will b harder to be a bottom three team this year than it is to be an eighth seed. So many teams are putting lineups out there to try and lose and towards the end its going to be really difficult to not win unless ainge trades everyone.

  • bill_nair

    Good to see Rondo doing the captains job. Encouraging the guys and keeping them interested. But he knows like we all know this team isnt making the playoffs. I wonder if Danny told him to go out there and send the message.

    Id like to see CJ resigned. Hes been one of our best 3pt shooters since hes came. But sounds like Danny has something up his sleeve….

    And Vitor has been really good up in Maine. Hope he gets more minutes when hes back in Boston.

    • BIG_HITTA1

      Let me nit-pick RR’s comments, mainly where in the coming weeks “a lot of winnable games”. When you are the captain of a team with 16 wins, winning at a .327 clip, and only THREE teams in the entire league have fewer wins than your team, you don’t talk about upcoming “winnable” games in the media. Talk that way behind closed doors with the team. Whether the Captain realizes it or not, he just took a shot at most of the teams the C’s play in the next 12 games. He gave these other teams bulletin board material – with the caliber of his team, RR does not want to be having teams give extra effort to shut up RR. BUT, as I will not be devastated if the C’s finish with a bottom 5 overall record, I say RR “keep talking your smack and fire up the other teams!!!!”

  • adam

    I might be out of it, but when did they assign Vitor to Maine?

  • Frank Aziza

    Gotta love Rondo!!! The tempo on Sunday was classic Rondo controlling it.

    • BIG_HITTA1

      Gotta agree with you here. RR running the break, in an up tempo fast moving flow is good to watch. RR on fast breaks, good. RR in the half court offense, not so good. Hence Danny’s big dilemma on a big money and/or max contract decision. With his FG% limitations, is RR worth $15M to $20M a yr to keep after next yr??

  • Robert

    Chris Johnson was playing to well for Danny’s current “plan” for the team. Sad.

  • Curt Hays

    Rondo says, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLLLLLLLE!!!”

  • swissflix

    I did not expect anything else from Rondo. Like all great ballers he is a competitor and wants to win. But there are three months left in this regular season and at this point it is really about a top three pick. I wasn’t for tanking at the start but with a pick in the top 3, top 5 maybe we need to go for it. It makes sense.
    So Danny, please don’t let Hump walk for nothing. And trade Bass away. Let Rondo sit a few games.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Gordon Gekko on Tanking :

    “Tanking is good…tanking is right…tanking works…tanking clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the modern day NBA spirit.

    And tanking—mark my words—will not only save the Boston Celtics, but will enable them to reach newer and greater heights.”

    • Curt Hays

      LMFAO. You just kill, man. HAHAHAHA. This should be a thing. Do more of them!

      • RedsLoveChild

        Thnx, CH