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Your Morning Dump… Where Rondo is having a slight impact on the team’s play


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.

With the usual qualifier that the strength of opponent recently has been extremely low, Rajon Rondo has been spectacular the past two games while showing signs of his old self in wins over Orlando and Philadelphia. His stat line alone is encouraging as Rondo is averaging 13.5 points on 68.4 percent shooting with 10.5 assists, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals over 29.5 minutes per game in those two outings. But zoom in on Rondo’s impact on the team and it’s even more impressive.

During Rondo’s 59 minutes of court time over the last two contests, the Celtics own an offensive rating of 112.7 points per 100 possessions (second-best on the team behind only starting backcourt mate Avery Bradley at 117.2) and the team’s defensive rating is 97 for a plus-15.8 differential (highest on the team over the past two games). What’s more, during Rondo’s 37 minutes off the floor, the Celtics own an offensive rating of 99.3 and a defensive rating of 105.9, for a net differential of minus-6.6 (far and away the worst differential on the team in that span).

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Phenomenal numbers.

You don’t need to dig deep into the stats to realize the impact Rajon Rondo is having on this team’s play. Use your eyes.

Even the hardcore Rondo haters have to acknowledge his greatness. [I know they won’t]

My favorite play from last night: The ever-so-casual clean strip of Tony Wroten:

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On Page 2, Avery Bradley’s ankle remains a problem


“It’s been feeling sore the last two games,” Bradley, who had 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting in the win over the Sixers, told reporters. “I’ve just been trying to fight through the pain. It just gave out on me a little bit.”

When asked where he now stood with the injury, Bradley said, “I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Coach Brad Stevens noticed Bradley didn’t look like himself and opted to sit him down.

“I just didn’t think he looked like he had the same bounce,” Stevens told reporters.

It is too soon to determine if Bradley will miss additional games with the injury.


This latest news on Bradley’s health has me wondering if he’s injury prone. For whatever reason, some guys just can’t stay healthy.

The ankle sprain has kept Bradley out of 5 games this season. Last year (2012-13), he missed 30 games rehabbing the double shoulder surgery. He missed 12 playoff games in 2011-12 due to the same shoulder injuries.

He’s in amazing shape and I’ll never doubt his toughness after watching him play through the shoulder pain.

I heard Sherrod Blakely last night on the post game show talk about the likelihood a team could offer AB a contract worth $10 million annually.

$10 million?

The rest of the links:

Herald – Celtics too good for Philly | Faverani tweaks knee | Globe – Celtics defeat Sixers behind Green’s big game | Cs face decision on Johnson | CSNNE – Green not built for #1 option role | ESPN Boston – Value in 2nd round picks | Rapid Reaction: Celtics 114 Philly 108

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  • Frank Aziza

    That strip was my favorite play too. It was so Rondo.
    Speaking of Rondo, if he continues to play like his old self we can kiss the draft lottery good bye.

    • Brad P

      I’m not even a tanking advocate, but let’s not make generalizations just yet. We only beat the lowly Sixers and Magic

  • Frank Aziza

    I usually don’t jump the gun but in a horrible eastern conference if Rondo plays like his old all-star self they’ll be in the playoffs. Although Ainge may trade some pieces to prevent that.
    It’s great to see Rondo looking good.

    • bill_nair

      We definitely could make a push. I bet Danny trades off any major contributors before the deadline though. But Rondo playing like Rondo isn’t enough. We need Sully/Green/AB to also play to their potential to have any success (i.e. our last two wins.)

      Unfortunately, as you mentioned, the east is so terrible 30 wins and your a 7th seed.

  • adam

    Wasn’t Tony Allen in the same boat for a while, always getting injured? He leaves town how did his body hold up in Memphis?

    • bill_nair

      Jermaine O’neal has also been relatively healthy ever since leaving Boston. He did make a stop in Phoenix so that explains alot, but hes been a healthy contributor the past few seasons.

      • Curt Hays

        Phoenix has an amazing program.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Reality check #1 : The Celtics just beat {by narrow margins} two teams with a combined record of 29-72.

    Reality check #2 : Why would anyone here “hate” Rondo? Hating Rondo`s “fanboys” is not the same thing as actually hating Rondo.

  • Dustin Chapman

    Wroten got Rondo’d a couple times. That little pause after the steal in the play above, lol, someone is getting their confidence back. Great stuff. Rondo has significantly more bounce in his step the last week or two. Will also add that I love when Rondo, Bradley, Sully and Bass are on the floor together. They bring the toughness this team really needs.