Just another triple-double for Rondo

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Just another triple-double for Rondo

ATLANTA Only in the world of Rajon Rondo can getting a triple-double be seen as a matter-of-fact kind of thing.

Lost in the afterglow of Boston's 89-81 come-from-behind win over Atlanta on Saturday was the fact that Rondo tallied his 25th career triple-double (second this season) with 14 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds.

"My shots weren't falling early and I was just trying to do the intangibles," Rondo said. "Get some rebounds, get myself going and continue to make plays for my teammates. And also just try to stay aggressive and ended up with a triple-double."

While attention certainly has to be paid to what Rondo accomplished statistically, just as important was the pace at which the Celtics have played the last two games.

It's no coincidence that Rondo's recent play comes about just as the C's have gone back to the lineup they had used a year ago this time that catapulted them to the Eastern Conference finals.

With a healthy Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass back in their familiar roles as starters, there has been a positive ripple effect throughout the roster.

One of the main reasons why most of the Celtics' veteran core remained positive and optimistic about the team's chances of turning things around, was because they saw first-hand how good they could be when they have all their core pieces in positions that they're suited to be in.

Boston wasn't going to get there until Bradley came back. And even then it would take some time before he would develop some form of consistency with his play. He's not there just yet, but he's far enough along to where his teammates -- and Rondo especially -- benefit from his presence.

Rondo doesn't have to defend the opposing team's best backcourt scorer which frees him up to exert more energy executing the C's offense.

"Rondo means so much to not just me, but this entire team," Bradley told CSNNE.com. "He helps us in so many areas; scoring, rebounding, defending, obviously assists. He's just a great player and a great teammate."

So great that what's considered by many as the definition of a good all-around game -- a triple-double -- is seemingly just another day on the job for this three-time All-Star.

Patriots address OL depth with Joe Thuney

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Patriots address OL depth with Joe Thuney

The selection of Joe Thuney with the 78th overall pick means the Patriots hit a need position at offensive tackle.

Thuney played tackle on right and left side and, while he’s small relative to the Patriots mountainous starting tackles (6-5, 295 pounds), he will likely have a redshirt year to get used to the pro game. That’s what happened with left tackle Nate Solder when he was drafted in 2011 and Matt Light was still manning left tackle.

With Vollmer getting closer to the end, Thuney could conceivably play on the edge but he also has the versatility to play all five offensive line spots. The Patriots don’t need him at all five. They are two deep at center with Bryan Stork and David Andrews, seem set at guard with Tre Jackson, Josh Kline and Shaq Mason.

The depth behind Solder and Vollmer is where the concern is. Marcus Cannon hasn’t developed any consistency and Cameron Fleming is entering his third season but remains nothing to get excited about. L’Adrian Waddle was an in-season pickup the Patriots re-signed but he’s in the same boat as the other two. Keavon Martin and Chris Barker are end of the roster guys.

Thuney’s got a huge brain. He earned his degree in three years and is working on another in international studies with a minor in Spanish. While he’s seen as an aggressive, lunch pail guy with good feet but a little bit of body stiffness and no natural position, he’s got a lot of the traits the Patriots adore in terms of smarts, aggressiveness, versatility and coachability.

Quotes, notes, and stars: "No sign" of Ortiz slowing down

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Quotes, notes, and stars: "No sign" of Ortiz slowing down

Quotes, notes, and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Yankees.

QUOTES:

* "He gathered himself and got a little rhythm as the night went along.'' - John Farrell on Henry Owens.

* "That's a rarity for Betances to leave his breaking ball up like he did. Once David saw it up, he attacked.'' - Farrell on David Ortiz's game-winning homer.

* "There's no sign of him slowing down. Tonight is a prime example of it. Key moment, big hit when we need it. There's a long resume there and it's continuing to build.'' - Farrell on Ortiz's ability to deliver in the clutch.

* "There were some mechanical adjustments that I made. I came out a little erratic, trying to do too much, maybe focusing too much. But as game went on, I kind of got into a rhythm.'' - Owens on his start.

* "I saw him throw a lot of breaking pitches to Mookie. The one they hit stayed up a little longer than usual. He's the kind of pitcher that, if you go up there looking for everything he's got, you're done.'' - Ortiz on his game-winning homer off Dellin Betances.

NOTES:

* Over his career, David Ortiz has hit 29 go-ahead homers from the eighth inning on.

* Ortiz has eight homers in his last 24 games against the Yankees.

* The win was the first this season for the Red Sox in a game in which they were tied or trailing after seven innings.

* The Red Sox have won five of their last six and seven of their last 10.

* The Yankees have been limited to three runs or fewer in their last six games.

* In 21 games, the Yankees have faced 10 lefty starters; in 22 games, the Red Sox have faced two.

* Masahiro Tanaka has issued just one walk in his last three starts.

STARS:

1) David Ortiz

With one swing of the bat, Ortiz untied a 2-2 game in the bottom of the eighth with a game-winning two-run homer.

2) Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley's penchant for delivering a big hit continued as he rapped a two-run double to left in the seventh to erase a 2-0 Yankee lead.

3) Masahiro Tanaka

He shut the Red Sox for six innings before allowing three hits and two runs in the seventh.

2016 NFL Draft: Patriots select QB Jacoby Brissett

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2016 NFL Draft: Patriots select QB Jacoby Brissett

The New England Patriots selected N.C. State quarterback Jacoby Brissett with the No. 91 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

It sure looks like the Patriots are looking to get support at quarterback incase Tom Brady is suspended.