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Your Morning Dump… Where there’s no rest for Rajon Rondo

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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.

While most players on non-playoff teams like the Celtics (25-57 this past season) catch the first flight out of town to some exotic destination only to return to Boston sometime near the end of the summer, a handful of Celtics – Rajon Rondo among them – have already been in the gym working towards preparing for what they hope will be a better 2014-2015 season.

“Rondo and Brandon (Bass) and Chris Johnson and Chris Babb have all been in this week,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com. “Those guys have all been in working out.”

And Avery Bradley is coming in soon as well.

Phil Pressey just left town last week, but will likely be back at some point this summer to work out some more as well.

While there is indeed some uncertainty as to what the future holds for all those players in Boston, it’s clear that their focus – for now at least – is to do all they can to prepare for next season as a member of the Boston Celtics.

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Damn you, Rajon Rondo.

How dare you, an 8 year veteran, continue to work on your game and assist in the development of other younger players so early in the offseason.

File under: A story you’ll never hear on sports talk radio when blowhards are bashing Rondo’s character.

On Page 2, Deron Williams continues to sh!t himself in the Miami series.

Deron Williams has gone missing again.

And it couldn’t have happened at a worse time — in his team’s most pivotal game of the season.

In his latest disappearing act, the $98 million man was held scoreless for the first time in his playoff career on Thursday night, going 0-for-9 from the field in the Brooklyn Nets’ 94-82 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at AmericanAirlines Arena.

“I’ll definitely be thinking about it,” said Williams, who added seven rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes. The Nets were outscored by 18 points with him on the court.

The “franchise” point guard had been held without a point on just two other occasions: Dec. 7, 2005 against Atlanta and Jan. 30, 2006 against San Antonio.

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Some guys excel in the playoffs (see Rondo, Rajon) while others wilt under the spotlight and pressure.

And finally, a locker room surprise for the Blazers.

 

And we thought Red Auerbach was shady for turning up the heat in the visitor’s locker room back in the old Garden.

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  • dk

    talk about bad karma seeing a snake in your lockerroom!
    D-Will sucks and is so overrated It’s a shame PP&KG have to deal with him. On the flip side if they implode good for us! Maybe ownership panics and makes another stupid trade.

  • bill_nair

    D-will has been done since he came to BKN/NJ. He had a 50 point game and has been MIA since. Crazy how a once good PG has fell off so quickly.

    • LA Flake

      He still shows flashes of brilliance from time to time but that’s not good enough from a $100 million point guard. I think his head/mental approach to the game is all f*cked up. And Kidd…what’s wrong with him? He coached the hell out of them during the season but now looks clueless. PP and KG deserve better.

      • bill_nair

        I personally don’t buy the Kidd assessment. I think the team performed up to the standards they should’ve from the start. Kidd May be a great coach one day but his rotations and some of his offensive sets are kind of mind boggling. And I think Dwill got the check and checked out. It’s a shame.

  • NE_Celt

    Big props to the guys who are hitting the gym already…I want to hear KO and Sullys name soon and hear about them working out becoming beasts for next season!

    D-Will needs to step up…wtf…PP and KG deserve better…god I hate the Heat.

    • bill_nair

      I hope Sully is in the gym cause he really needs to work on conditioning.

  • romeo0119

    I never saw D Will as elite. There was a game when he was still in Utah and Rondo shut him down by playing good defense. D Will Sucks

    • LA Flake

      I saw him as elite. But man he’s making me look stupid!

      • romeo0119

        Yea sucks for the nets too, they might win one game in Brooklyn but I think they’re done. Miami is just too much, and what are they going to do with D Will? No one wants his contract and how he’s playing. Kidd sucks too as a coach.

        • LA Flake

          I don’t know. I still think the Nets can beat the Heat if they’re willing to pound the ball inside. The Heat have NO shot blocker and they’re one of the softest teams in the league inside but the Nets, other than a few vintage PP drives to the hole, refuse to attack them in the paint. I think Blatche could swing the series in the Nets favor for this reason but Kidd plays KG for 5 minutes, brings in Plumlee for 4 minutes and then plays Blatche for 3 minutes. WTF is up with that senseless rotation? And even if Teletovic, Alan Anderson and Thornton are all good shooters, you don’t play them in crunch time over guys like PP, JJ and even Livingston. I can’t understand for the life of me why Kidd does what he does.

          • KGino

            I was hoping for Memphis outta the west cuz they matchup well with the Heat… Now i’m rooting for spurs. No one in the east is even close to the heats level right now, hate to say it but its true

          • adam

            if the spurs dont get beaten down by the time they get to the heat.

  • frickenWaaaltah

    Eh the Spurs are better than that snake prank, I hope nobody did that on purpose. Plus it could obviously motivate the Blazers; so maybe it was somebody in the Blazer’s own organization who put it there.

    • tvor03

      ” I hope nobody did that on purpose”.

      I would hope somebody DID do that on purpose. If that snake happened to just wander in there from the desert, how would anyone ever be comfortable there again?

  • RedsLoveChild

    Ray Allen never stops breaking the hearts of KG & PP!!!

    2010 : 35 year old Ray shoots a disgusting 3-for-14 in Game 7 vs. LA
    2014 : 39 year old Ray is 11-for-18 {7-for-12 three`s} vs. Nets

    • Brad P

      Ugh, don’t remind me

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  • Brick James

    So it looks like Rondo, Bass, Johnson, and Babb are the top trade bait Danny is dangling.