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Your Morning Dump… Where Rondo wakes up too sore to play in back-to-backs

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) March 10, 2014 Rajon Rondo, The Morning Dump 23 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.

“If I was ready [for back-to-back games], I’d play,” Rondo said. “It’s a matter of a combination of things that bother me on my lower part of my body, my calves, my Achilles and then my knee so it’s just a part of all of those three that are affecting me after games. The next day, I need the rest.”

Rondo has been taking long massage treatments after each game on his lower body to try and reduce the impact from running up and down the court and playing his typically aggressive, sometimes reckless style. But the massages, he said, only go so far. He still has to wake up the next morning.

“I’m pretty sore when I wake up,” Rondo said. “My Achilles bothers me the most when I get out of bed. Throughout the day it gets better. I still don’t want to try to overdo it and something else may happen just because of that.”

WEEI:  Rajon Rondo explains why he’s not playing in back-to-backs

Playing an NBA game is hard work.  Have you gone out and tried to play basketball lately?  Imagine how sore you get after a pick-up game.

I know that these guys are “finely tuned athletes,” but that doesn’t exempt them from post-game soreness.  Rondo’s body hasn’t had to go through the rigors of an NBA game for quite some time, so it’s natural for things like his Achilles tendon to be sore.  And there’s certainly no point in pushing him to play in the back-to-backs and risk doing damage to his joints or tendons when they don’t have to.

The potential for losing those games is a bonus.  Boston’s little two-game winning streak has pushed them into a three-way time for the fifth-worst record in the league.  I’m sure the schedule will take care of that, but removing Rondo and his return to Rondo-ness from the equation will help those anxious about the team’s success.

Rondo’s return, and a lineup tweak following Jared Sullinger’s concussion, has led to some more cohesive play from the Celtics.  Keeping Sullinger on the bench allows Kris Humphries to benefit from playing with Rondo, and it’s allowed Sullinger and Olynyk to get more minutes together on the floor.  Olynyk has stepped up his game since the All Star break, so he and Sully are working well to shore up what used to be a horrible bench.

Jon Duke and I went into great detail on Rondo last night on Celtics Stuff Live.  Here’s the show for your listening pleasure:

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Related links:  ESPN Boston:  Rondo plans to sit Wednesday  |  CSNNE:  Rondo still not ready for back-to-backs |  WEEI:  Stevens:  Rondo probably won’t play in back-to-back this season

Page 2:  Josh Smith fantasizes about playing with Rondo

“It can be far-fetched, but it could be possible too, at the same time,” Smith said.

Has Smith ever thought that it could happen?

“I’m always optimistic,” he said. “I always think of different scenarios. It could happen, but who knows?”

Smith admitted to thinking about he and Rondo reuniting last summer before Smith signed a four-year deal with the Pistons.

“I thought it could’ve been a possibility, but you know, I’m in Detroit,” Smith said. “I’m happy I’m here. He’s still here. He’s still creating his market as a Celtic.”

The two were roommates at Oak Hill.

“That’s where the relationship started,” Smith said.

They broke down film together and worked out before and after practices, as the gym was within walking distance of their dormitory.

They’ve remained close since.

“He’s my best friend, especially in the NBA,” Smith said. “We definitely connect. We take family vacations together.”

Globe:  Josh Smith a fan of Rondo

I know plenty of people who would love to make this happen.  I’m sure by now you know I’m not one of them.

Smith is a tantalizing player.  He’s a freakishly athletic big who can run the floor, finish at the rim, and take guys in the post.  Yet he falls in love with mid-range jumpers and ill-advised 3′s.

Would playing with his best friend change his habits, or only reinforce them?  Chances are, we’ll never find out.  Smith makes far too much money to be a legitimate trade target and, currently, the only way to get him would be to give Rondo up, and we know that’s not happening  (although trading them for each other would be one hell of a middle finger to the both of them).

The only way these guys will play together from now on is in pick up games on their own, or if Smith gets his act together and makes an All Star team.  Other than that, I’ll be happy to see this dream go unrealized.

Related links:  CSNNE:  Smith fantasizes about being Rondo’s teammate  |  ESPN Boston:  Rondo, Smith chat reunion

And Finally…

From that same Smith link, I love how the Celtics & Chris Babb agreed to a second 10-day contract:

He was notified by Celtics executive Mike Zarren, who came into the locker room after Sunday’s game and asked Babb, “Do you want to stick around?”

“Yeah, sure. Why not?” Babb replied.

Related links:  Herald:  Another 10-day for Babb  |  ESPN Boston:  Babb signs second 10-day deal  |  WEEI:  Babb impresses, signs second 10-day deal

Oh wait, one more thing

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Pretty cool photoshop there from @Lil_Kaino in honor of Rajon Rondo passing Bill Russell for 5th on the Celtics all time assists list.

Related links:  ESPN Boston:  Rondo passes Russell on assists list

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  Celtics loose after beating Pistons  |  Humphries “having fun” |  Rondo giving C’s just what they need  |  Sullinger: I’ve lost more than I have over 6 or 7 years  |  Olynyk skies for the.. lay in  |  Herald:  Rondo tosses perfect game  |  Billups backs up Rondo  |  Globe:  Boston won’t hit bottom

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  • KGino

    Rondo lookin like the new Steve Nash with that jumper tho

    • bill_nair

      Its amazing how much different he looks. Im still in shock/awe.

      • Curt Hays

        Shock-and-awe, baby, shock and awe.

        • KGino

          I love his ability to enhance his teammates… It’s like there’s a player’s stats, then there’s his RONDO-fied stats. Just look at Jeff Green. (Nash used to do it with players on the Suns all the time… Amare, Matrix, etc.)

          All those years of everyone saying Rondo needed the big 3 to be good, I’m starting to think it was more the other way around.

          • Curt Hays

            I’m with ya. There’s the hockey assist, but then there’s synergy created by having Rondo on your team.

            #rondergy or #rondorgy or #letsraj

          • eddysamson

            No no…I think rondorgy is something else entirely…

          • Curt Hays

            Heyo!

          • bill_nair

            Rondo drove the ship PP & KG’s last 2 seasons here. KG’s entire offense was revolved around the pick and pop him and Rondo played. Look how terrible Paul looked on offense at the end of last season without Rondo. No one likes to admit it but those 2 careers may have been over a couple years ago had Rondo not been making them look so efficient and young.

  • bill_nair

    That Photoshopped pic is sweet!

    I like Smith. His problem other than being slightly stupid is the team hes on. He plays the 3 when hes a 4. If we didnt have Sully I wouldnt mind Smith playing the 4 for us. With Sully on board tho Smith wont be in Boston unless he takes an extreme paycut to be the 6th man.

  • hj

    how awesome would it be to have rondo and bill russel on the same teeam? i mean, alley oops every trip down the floor. ahh something to fantacize about

    • Curt Hays

      Idk – Bill said he’d probably only average 10 ppg in this league. And that was as a 78 year-old. I’d think at 80 he’d be even worse.

      • eddysamson

        10 pts and 15 rb….

        • Curt Hays

          and probably only like 11 blocks.

    • Curt Hays

      You have to think that half the time Russell would be blocking a shot all the way back out to Rondo’s waiting hands at half court. You’d have to have another guy on the court for a lot of the alley-oops.

  • Curt Hays

    Rondo gets sore after games? Rondo can’t play back-to-backs? He must think he’s privileged. TRADE HIM NOW!!!!

  • MrCuret

    There’s actually a chance that Rondo & Smith could play together soon, Rondo’s a FA after next season & Detroit will have more than enough cap space to sign him. I don’t think it will happen but can’t never say never. Stranger things have happened.

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  • Rich Jensen

    Hearing Rondo’s account of his health, you can see how Rose and Kobe might’ve pushed themselves too far this season.

    • Curt Hays

      I didn’t even consider that. Very relevant point.

    • eddysamson

      And you’d think Rondo would be the stupid immature one who would force himself out on the court without listening to reason. Nope!

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  • Nick Ault

    Is it too much to ask to have Jeff Green put up 30 and 12 every night (so we can trade him) and lose every game by 1?