HOUSTON Here a few fast breaks to come out of the Boston Celtics' 101-89 loss at Houston on Friday night.
EARLY RETURNS GOOD FOR RONDO
First round of all-star ballots are out and Boston's Rajon Rondo has the second-highest vote total among Eastern Conference guards with 382,613 votes. If he maintains that position or moves up, he will earn his first all-star start and fourth all-star appearance.
KNOW THE ENEMY
Doc Rivers didn't need much of a scouting report on Rockets starting forward and former Florida Gator star Chandler Parsons. Rivers, whose daughter Callie attended the University of Florida, said he has known Parsons since he was in grade school.
ASIK A CELTIC?
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the C's looked into acquiring Houston center Omer Asik this past summer. "And then they (Asik's representatives) said what they wanted," Rivers recalled. "That ended all inquiries." Asik, who had nine points, 10 rebounds along with some strong play defensively against the Celtics' Kevin Garnett on Friday, eventually signed a three-year, 25 million contract with the Rockets.
In the first half, the public address system played Fun's "We Are Young." It's a fitting song when you consider the Rockets are the NBA's youngest team. Houston players all wear a black band on their jerseys in memory of Sasha McHale, the daughter of head coach and former Celtic Kevin McHale, who recently passed away. the last time Rondo had seven or more turnovers in a regular season game was last season against the Charlotte Bobcats on April 15 when he had eight turnovers (and 16 assists) in a 94-82 Celtics win.