Rondo 'humbled' to be All-Star starter

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Rondo 'humbled' to be All-Star starter

BOSTON -- Rajon Rondo has considered himself one of the league's best point guards for years. This season, fans affirmed that feeling and voted him a starter on the 2013 Eastern Conference All-Star Team.

"It's a great feeling, especially being named this way amongst your fans, so many votes," Rondo said. "It's humbling and it's a grateful experience for me."

Rondo received 924,180 votes, second among Eastern Conference backcourt players to Dwyane Wade over 450,000 more than third place Deron Williams. He will join Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Garnett in the starting five.

This is Rondo's fourth All-Star selection, being named each year since 2010. If he could select one All-Star from another team himself, he would give the nod to one of his best friends, Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith.

Given the opportunity to play with stars from around the league, he is still most excited to be on the court with Celtics teammate Garnett and plans to target him for the most lobs. He would also like to see Paul Pierce on the squad.

"I'm a little bit biased but without Paul, we wouldn't be where we are right now," he said. "He's been Mr. Consistent and he's brought it every night for us. He's always carried the load or scoring, which we need at times, so I'd definitely consider Paul as well."

Rondo isn't taking this game lightly, either. He isn't looking to use the game as a stage to show off -- "I've got a pretty good free will to do whatever I want here as a Celtic," he said. The weekend has a lighthearted vibe to it, but he is ready to compete.

"I'll still try to run the show," he said. "I want to win this year. We haven't won in a while but we definitely want to win this year."

Isn't that what the fans who voted for him would want?

"To be loved by so many people rooting for me and wanting me to be a starter in the East, it's a great feeling," he said.

C's Mickey sent to D-League

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C's Mickey sent to D-League

Jordan Mickey, inactive in five of the Boston Celtics’ last six games, has been assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the Development League.

“He’s been inactive in a few of these games here,” Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’s game at Philadelphia. “And rather than being inactive and being here in a suit and tie, we knew there was a hockey game this afternoon and it was going to be unlikely to get much action on the court at all today. So it made a lot more sense to play for a couple days and fly down to Houston and meet us.”

Mickey has appeared in just eight games this season, averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.

Tonight will be the former second-round pick’s 10th missed game this season, five in which he did not play (coaches decision) and another five in which he will be inactive.

The lack of playing time for the second-year player has more to do with Boston’s depth in the frontcourt than anything specific to his game.

“He’s done a good job,” Stevens said of Mickey. “It’s the same old thing that last year although we’re not quite as deep at that spot. But it’s still, at the end of the day we have to make a decision of, are we going to play more traditional or are we going to slide like a Jonas (Jerebko) or Jae (Crowder) over to the four (power forward) and play more spaced which limits the amount of bigs you can have in a game.

Stevens added, “he’s done a good job.  He’s made progress. I don’t think there’s any question we think he’s a guy that can help us not only down the road but this year.”

Mickey is in the lineup for the Red Claws’ game tonight against Santa Cruz and he’s also scheduled to play in Sunday’s game against the Raptors 905 with both games being televised via Facebook Live.