Fashion a big part of Rondo's game off the court

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Fashion a big part of Rondo's game off the court

MILAN - Rajon Rondo has always played the game of basketball with a certain flair and panache.

There's no doubt he's one of the more unique players in the NBA.

His flair for being inventive on the fly carries over into his other love - fashion.

For Rondo, there could not be a better place to be right nowv than Milan which is one of the most fashion-forward cities in the world.

While Rondo's focus is helping the Celtics defeat EA7 Emporio Armani today, fashion is also something he takes very seriously.

So serious, he spent time this summer as an intern at GQ magazine which included him doing an array of not-so-glamorous jobs such as delivering inter-office mail.

How many multi-million dollar NBA players would do that?

But it speaks to how this isn't just a passing (pun totally intended) fancy.

The Celtics are in town just a couple weeks after Milan's fashion week ended, which is something Rondo acknowledges does peak his interest.

"You never know," he said. "I may come over here and enjoy fashion week as well (in the future)."

Although he doesn't necessarily foresee it anytime soon, Rondo has given some thought to one day having his own line of clothes.

"I've talked and joked about it," Rondo said. "A couple of late-night ideas. But nothing serious right now."

Naturally, any clothing line with his name attached to it will in some fashion (yup, another intentional pun right there) be a reflection of who he is as a player.

"I love being unique in style," Rondo said. "I love first impressions and I love clothes. And that equals fashion."

And for the Celtics, it equates into one of the league's best point guards as well.

Thomas strains right groin, says he'll 'be fine for Wednesday'

Thomas strains right groin, says he'll 'be fine for Wednesday'

The bumps and bruises continue to pile up for Isaiah Thomas, adding a new one to the group during Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston. 
 
The 5-foot-9 guard said he strained his right groin in the second quarter, but added that the injury won’t force him to miss any games. 
 
“I’ll be alright,” Thomas told reporters after the loss. “I’ll get treatment. I’ll be fine for Wednesday (against Orlando).”
 
The injury appeared to have happened shortly after Houston’s Trevor Ariza hit a 3-pointer that put the Rockets ahead 55-45.
 
At the time it didn’t seem all that serious as Thomas, who had 20 points on the night, came down and drained a 3-pointer. 
 
But after the game, Thomas acknowledged his groin did bother him during the game in which he played 33-plus minutes. 
 
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” said Thomas, who finished with 20 points. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
 
Thomas, who played in all 82 regular season games last season in addition to each of Boston’s 21 games this season, has dealt with an assortment of injuries including but not limited to, a swollen middle finger injury on his left (shooting) hand. 
 
Thomas, an All-Star last season for the first time, has played at an elite level that should once again position him to be represent the Eastern Conference. 
 
Following Monday’s game, Thomas is averaging a career-high 26.0 points per game which ranks ninth in the NBA along with 6.1 assists. 

Smart: 'Can’t blame the officials for the outcome of the game'

Smart: 'Can’t blame the officials for the outcome of the game'

The fact that the James Harden of the Houston Rockets went to the free throw line 18 times which was more than the entire Celtics roster (12 free throw attempts total) certainly fired up conspiracy theorists among Celtics Nation. 
 
But what seemed to draw the most ire was what appeared to be a 3-pointer by Avery Bradley late in the fourth quarter that was initially called a long two-pointer. 
 
And after it was reviewed by the good folks in Secaucus, N.J., they allowed the ruling to stand because there wasn’t enough proof in the many replay angles for them to overturn the original call. 
 
The missed lay-ups by Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas in the closing seconds stand out, obviously. 
 
But the 3-pointer that wasn’t a 3-pointer was one of the more talked-about topics in the Celtics locker room afterwards. 
 
“From the angle we saw, it was a three,” Boston’s Marcus Smart told reporters after the game. “We definitely thought it was.”
 
Said Jae Crowder: “I thought it was a three. Nothing we can do about it now.”
 
It was that kind of game for the Celtics, one in which plays that could go either way more often than not, went against them. 
 
And while Bradley’s questionable two-pointer certainly was a factor in the game’s outcome, as was the free throw discrepancy and the late-game misses, ultimately the blame for Monday’s loss falls upon the Celtics players who were still in position to win despite all those setbacks.

They simply didn't get it done, when it mattered.
 
Smart, who had 13 points off the Celtics bench, understands that fans like to blame the officials when a game ends like Monday’s loss to Houston. 
 
“Officials, they did their job,” Smart said. “You can’t blame the officials for the outcome of the game. We made some costly plays down the stretch. Give credit to the Rockets. They made plays and executed down the stretch.”