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Your Morning Dump… Where Rondo aims to shoot like Bradley

Chuck - Red's Army March 20, 2014 Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, The Morning Dump 10 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 recently claimed he told assistant coach Ron Adams, who has worked with the Celtics guards on their shooting, that he wanted to come back “shooting like Avery Bradley.”

Some thought he was joking, but maybe they were playing the joke on themselves.

“It goes in,” Rondo, his expression deadpanned, said of Bradley’s shot.

And on some nights it won’t stop. Bradley, in his fourth game back from an ankle-induced absence, shot 6-for-9 from downtown for the bulk of his 23 points in the Celtics’ 101-96 win over a Miami team missing its brightest star. Bradley’s six 3-pointers were a career high.

Rondo finished one point shy of his first triple-double of the season with nine points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. According to statistician Dick Lipe, Rondo became the first player in the league this season with two performances of 14 or more assists and eight or more rebounds.

“I think we can be very good because we both want to play defense, we both are going to go out there and play hard for our teammates and we just work very well off each other,” Bradley said of the partnership. “I love playing with him.

“I would love it,” Bradley, an impending restricted free agent, said of whether the collaboration can now take on a more permanent quality. “I would love to play for Boston, I would love to play with Rondo so I wouldn’t mind it at all. I’m pretty sure any guard in the NBA would love to play with Rondo.”

Herald

Let’s temporarily set aside our angst over the Celtics’ position in the draft lottery (slipped to 6th) and marvel at it’s backcourt (of the future?).

I know there are questions about money and health regarding Avery Bradley, but when the kid plays like he did last night, I want him here long term. With Rajon Rondo.

Bradley’s right, they work well off each other. Rondo is masterful at finding spot-up shooters. Even nemesis Ray Allen would have to admit that. Rondo never misses back door cutters. And as Bradley’s long distance shooting continues to improve (37% this year), he’ll help spread the floor for Rondo.

I’m sure Danny Ainge has Plan A, B, C and D when it comes to rebuilding this team. For me, landing a top 3 pick is the simplest solution. You draft Parker, Wiggins or Embiid and insert any of them alongside Rondo, Bradley and Sullinger. Boom. See you in the Finals in 3 years.

Related: ESPN Boston – Rondo turns it up to beat Heat | CSNNE – Celtics finally see what their backcourt can do | WEEI – Rondo, Bradley too cool for Heat

On Page 2, Ray Allen would love to have his number retired

But here’s something he didn’t watch — the video tributes for Paul PierceKevin Garnett and Doc Rivers. He still talks to Rivers. The other two continue to shun him with an Amish intensity.

But Allen’s faith in his Celtics connection is resolute. He’d love to have his number retired, an experience he’s curiously never known on any level, including at UConn or high school.

“It’s not something I worry about,” he said. “The big games we played here are the things that will stick out in my mind, and people will always remember that. There’s a banner up there in the rafters I look at, and that’s what makes it so special.

“Of course (a number retirement) would mean something,” said Allen. “It would be one of the single greatest honors in my career. To have an impact on a generation of kids, the city and the organization is truly an honor, and to be recognized for something like that would be something that can’t get any better.”

Herald

You want your number retired, Ray? Go to Milwaukee.

Props to the fans who booed Ray heavily last night.

Never forget.

The rest of the links:

Globe – Celtics hold off Heat | Celtics bring back memories vs Heat | ESPN Boston – King’s welcome for Stevens | Celtics 101 – Heat 96 | Herald – No audience for Lebron | CSNNE – Babb’s future uncertain as 10-day expires

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  • Frank Aziza

    All we heard Rays last season here was how nobody liked Rondo…. Looks like Ray was the only one who had a major problem with Rondo, it wouldn’t surprise if he leaked the water bottle story.
    KG and PP constantly say nice things about Rondo this year and never mention Ray. Hmmmm
    Ray seems a bit passive aggressive to me.

    • Bruce Wayne

      Also to those who said Rondo and Doc have a crappy relationship, him and Doc talk almost everyday. Doc has nothing but positive things to say about Rondo, and he’s still mentoring him from the other side of the country.

    • cupcakesofprovidence

      how do you know if ray allen was actually even mad at rondo? media tends to bend any story that involves rondo.

      • Frank Aziza

        C’mon , Rondo calls him number 20 when speaking about. Doc even said something about their fued

    • adam

      Ray Allan always seemed like the classiest one out of the Big 3 to me. But since he left I think it seems like he had the biggest ego of all 3 that he couldn’t put things aside for it. ACCORDING to the Media.

  • Shane

    You mentioned the draft so I figure I will digress for you … Why is T.J. Warren getting no love at NC State? The kid can PLAY, and it’s not like he’s putting up huge numbers against mediocre competition; 25 against Xavier, 21 against Duke, 28 against ‘Cuse and the zone. What am I missing? I know he’s not as young as Parker or Wiggins, but holy hell he’s only 20 years old! I’m getting the vibe that this kid is going to get drafted in the middle of the first round (hopefully by the Celtics via Brookyln) and go into F.U. mode on everyone who passed over him. Just an absolute scoring machine. OH BY THE WAY he also averages 7 boards, 2 steals and 53% shooting from the field. Ho-hum. And this is coming from a lifelong UNC fan, so know that I am not partial in the least. Warren is a talent.

    • bill_nair

      Unlikely, but I hope he’s there by our 2nd pick. Kids been impressing a lot lately.

  • dk

    OR –OR don’t count out Miami for retiring his number….that joke of a franchise already retired Michael Jordan’s number and Ronny Siekly–so he can get his “dreams fulfilled” there

    • cupcakesofprovidence

      don’t be surprised when they retire chalmers, battier, anthony, cole, andersen, miller, and others. its a stretch but they might even retire durant’s number

    • Rich Jensen

      AND Dan Marino’s