Celtics Talk TV: What to expect from Rondo-less Celtics

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Celtics Talk TV: What to expect from Rondo-less Celtics

Kyle Draper, Rich Levine, and A. Sherrod Blakely are back for their weekly discussion on all things Celtics.

You can probably bet what they led off with this week.. that's right, what has happened to Jason Collins' minutes?!

Kidding.

The talk opens up with Rajon Rondo, who has a torn ACL that will sideline him until next season's training camp - best case scenario.

Danny Ainge was reportedly not shopping Rondo before he went down, but even so, is Rondo's trade value hurt by the injury? The guys discuss that to open things up on the show.

What about the Celtics as playoff contenders? Are they still? Some would say so, others wouldn't. Again, the guys give their take.

And the discussion goes across the NBA to the Bulls, Lakers, and beyond.

Check out the video for much more.

Crowder on Cousins' style: 'Step up to the test or you get run over'

Crowder on Cousins' style: 'Step up to the test or you get run over'

BOSTON – There was a point in the fourth quarter when Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins was fouled trying to score which brought about an automatic, intense and angry scowl from the all-star center. 

He raised his hand as he were going to strike back at the potential assailant. 

And then he saw the man was Jae Crowder. 

Cousins, who had a game-high 28 points, then went to the free throw line, incident-free. 

“I’m not one those other cats he be punking,” said Crowder with a grin.

That moment was one of many throughout Friday night’s game when Crowder made his presence felt when the game mattered most, and wasn’t afraid to mix it up with whoever stood between him and helping the Celtics win – even Cousins. 

But as Crowder explained following Boston’s 97-92 win, that moment was about two physical players who have developed an on-the-floor rapport that speaks to their intensity and desire to win at all costs. 

“He’s going to bring the game to you; his physicality,” said Crowder who had 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting. “He’s a very physical type of guy. If he senses you’re not physical at all, he’ll let you know. He’s a dog down there; he’s a bull. I love to go against a player like that. He’s going to give you his best shot each and every night. You either step up to the test or you get run over.” 

As soon as the two made eye contact, Crowder knew it was one of the many intimidation methods used by Cousins against opposing players. 

Crowder wasn’t having it. 

“That’s my guy; he’s my guy,” Crowder said of Cousins. “He plays a lot of tactics against a lot of other players. I’ve earned that respect with him. He knows I’m going to fight him just as hard as anybody else. We leave it on the court. He’s a good friend of mine. We’ve become friends, just playing ball, playing basketball the right way.”