Rajon Rondo had a tough two games in Texas, but he showed up to play in Chicago against the Bulls.
Rondo scored a game-high 26 points and added eight assists. Perhaps more importantly, he only turned the ball over three times.
The Celtics as a team didn't play great, but Gary Tanguay, Donny Marshall, and Tommy Heinsohn had praise for Rondo. The 26 points are high for him, but the eight assists are low. Is that what they need out of him?
"He's got to be Rondo," Heinsohn said. "He's a playmaking guard who can score. But his best asset is getting other people involved. Right now, other people don't know where they're going, and to me it looks like they don't feel free to shoot the ball and make their own play when they get it."
FOXBORO -- The Patriots injury report shrunk again on Thursday.
One day after Rob Gronkowski was removed from the injury report, the Patriots were able to take backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo off.
Garoppolo injured his shoulder in a Week 2 win over the Dolphins and then missed the following two games, giving way to rookie third-rounder Jacoby Brissett. He has been limited in practice ever since being driven into the ground by Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso.
Here is Thursday's full practice participation/injury report for the Patriots and Steelers:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
T Marcus Gilbert (ankle)
DE Cameron Heyward (hamstring)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (left knee)
S Shamarko Thomas (groin)
C Cody Wallace (knee)
WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder)
RB DeAngelo Williams (knee)
S Robert Golden (foot)
S Michael Mitchell (knee)
LB Ryan Shazier (knee)