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Your Morning Dump…Where Rondo wants to play the spoiler

Chris Jones April 9, 2014 Rajon Rondo, The Morning Dump 14 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.

 Spoiler Alert (sort of)

Three of Boston’s five remaining opponents are realistically playing for playoff seeding, and a fourth, the Cavaliers, have not yet been mathematically eliminated.

Next on the schedule: The Atlanta Hawks, who have the inside track on the Eastern Conference’s final playoff berth. Rajon Rondo would be OK with Boston hurting the Hawks’ odds.

“We want to be that team,” the guard said. “Hopefully we can mess up Atlanta’s record a little bit more (Wednesday) and knock those guys out of the playoffs. Who knows? Every night when I got out there, I try to compete and win. It’ll be a good game (Wednesday) and we’ll compete.”

Masslive – Rajon Rondo hopes Boston Celtics can hurt Atlanta Hawks’ playoff chances

Still always fun to hear Rondo talk a little trash.

There exists a small part of my heart that wants to see this team run off a winning streak to end the season, even if only to see Brad Stevens crack a smile before the summer. Unfortunately, the more logical parts understand the implications these final five games hold. Securing the third or fourth lottery seed won’t necessarily result in a higher draft pick than the fifth or sixth slots, but it does limit just how bad our worst case scenario can be, and for that reason, I hope we don’t knock the Hawks (or anybody) out of the playoffs. At this point, the battle for a higher draft pick is becoming as competitive as fighting for the playoffs: We could still land anywhere from the third worst to the seventh worst record depending on how good/bad we play. After tonight’s game, we play the Bobcats, Cavs, Sixers, and Wizards to close out the season. Odd to think we live in a world where Charlotte and Washington are playoff teams. Still, I’d think all of those games are considered winnable.

Maybe a little random, but after watching the NCAA finals, would anybody else want to see the C’s pick up Shabazz Napier? With where our draft picks land, we’d likely have to trade for another late first-rounder to even consider it, but his play in the national championship game kind of reminded me of Rondo. He’s got a much better three-point shot than RR, but he’s also an aggressive playmaker (although looks a little turnover prone), plus he’s a local kid. At 22, he’s played a full college career and won two titles. He seems like the type of player who’d learn a lot by being around Rondo. Sure, we’ve got options this summer for a backup point guard, by either re-signing Jerry Bayless or keeping Phil Pressey — still, if any of this summer’s “fireworks” leave us with another pick this year (or a later pick in a trade down), would you consider it? If not who else would you prefer?

Page 2: Kris Humphries is scheduled for an MRI

Boston Celtics forward/center Kris Humphries will undergo an MRI on an ailing right knee on Wednesday and will not accompany the team on its trip to play the Atlanta Hawks.

Humphries sat out Saturday’s loss in Detroit with what the team termed a strained right patella tendon. He’s battled knee issues at times this season and the current issue has lingered. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said it was too early to know if the injury will force the team to shut down Humphries for the remainder of the season.

ESPN Boston – Humphries (Knee) set for MRI

Although Brad Stevens said it was too early to know if they’ll shut Humphries down, I can’t really see a point in him returning for the final few games. Even if the MRI comes back negative, why force him to play and risk re-injuring the knee, especially with free agency approaching this summer? Humph definitely changed the fans’ perception of him over the course of this year: He’s a reliable knock-down shooter with a higher than average basketball IQ and a sense of humor. I know we’ve got our hands full at power forward even before this upcoming draft, but in my opinion, he’ll be a guy worth considering keeping this offseason.

Related Link – Having settled in with Celtics, Kris Humphries may want to stick around

And finally, the clutchness has been calculated

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ESPN Boston – Late-game options haven’t been good

Look at those threes! Jeryyd Bayless  hit half of his, but nobody else is even close to 30%. Yikes. Kind of surprised to see Bass with such a low percentage as well.

 

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Lottery bound C’s still crave taste of victory | Rondo will not play in final back-to-back

CSNNE – Draft should rejuvinate Stevens, Celtics going forward | Bradley, Sullinger return to Celtics practice | Pressey playing for a job as Celtics wind down season

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  • NE_Celt

    Have to love Rondo slingin’ it…the guy is always full of supreme confidence and is ready to ruin someones day haha.

    I was impressed with Napiers play, he definitely was taking control of that game. He would be a cheap pickup to take over the backup PG role. Although I am a dreamer and would love to see Phil Pressey work on his shot over the summer and come back and be able to make it work with the C’s :P

    Hump had a bad rep coming to the C’s, but I think he has worked hard and proven he is a talented professional…gotta respect the guy for that. If he were to come back at a cheaper salary, I would be all for it.

  • bill_nair

    Id love to see Danny pick up a 3rd first. Most mocks Ive seen have Napier going late teens so he might be there for us.

    Gotta love Rondos competitiveness. At this point I could careless if they win the last few games of the year. Im just ready for it to be over.

    And I hope Hump would be willing to come back to Boston for less. Really liked him this year.

    • eddysamson

      Don’t we have a pick in the late teens?

      • bill_nair

        Ya, Brooklyns should be 17-19 ( I think its currently 18). I might not have been clear but I want Danny to get another pick in that range. This class is pretty deep.

  • KWAPT

    Losing to ATL helps our draft odds & will play a part in eliminating the Knicks. So here’s to a competitive loss.

    • NE_Celt

      When you put it like that…eliminating Knicks…that sounds really good haha

      • Chris Jones

        Agreed

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  • Mike C

    If we’re discussing ‘Wish Lists’, I’d much rather have Doug McDermott! Not only could this kid be a go to scorer in the final minutes of the game, (see stats above) but it would also force Bass or Green to a backup position off the bench. Its a Win, Win, if we’re lucky enough on draft day.

    • Curt Hays

      Amen. I’m on this boat.