Just one more quick post today, because I've got an end-of-Celtics-season project that needs to be finished for tomorrow. It's called "Celtics Yearbook" and should be fun. In the meantime this.
There's a lot of talk about how the Celtics should or will approach tomorrow night's game with the Bucks. On one hand, there's still an opportunity to earn home court in the first round. And when you consider that the Bucks have nothing to play for, while Atlanta's opponent Dallas has a lot more to play for and a lot more to play with, there's a pretty good chance for the C's to sneak ahead. That is, if they care to.
Because the other side of the argument is this: Who needs home court? The Celtics can beat Atlanta regardless of where they play the first two games. Instead, it's more important for Rondo, KG, Pietrus, Stiemsma and hopefully Ray Allen to be ready and rested for the Hawks in Game 1 than to break their backs against Milwaukee in Game 66. And I agree.
But I'll say this: If we're worried about one regular season game setting any of these guys back and legitimately affecting their playoff health andor availability, then how can we ever expect them to hold up over a seven game series? Or two seven game series? Or, if we're serious about Boston potentially sneaking back in the Finals, three? You know what I mean?
So, I say they go for it. Bring out the big guns tomorrow against the Bucks every one but Ray Allen. Get them all re-accustomed to the game plan, and back on the same page. Head into the playoffs with a little bit of rhythm.
And hopefully, with home court.
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Former Celtics and current Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo is up to his old tricks, apparently.
The Bulls have suspended Rondo for Monday’s game due to conduct detrimental to the team, with Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical saying that the suspension is the result of a “heated exchange” the 30-year-old had with a Bulls assistant during or after the team’s 107-82 loss to the Mavericks Saturday.
Rondo clashing with others is nothing new. He once shattered a television on which the Celtics were showing him game footage to critique him and had to be carried out kicking and screaming by Kevin Garnett. Chris Sheridan reported in 2013 that Doc Rivers had an “intense dislike” for Rondo and that the two almost fought.
After being traded out of Boston, Rondo was suspended for a game by the Mavericks after a shouting match with Rick Carlisle. Last December, he was suspended for calling referee Bill Kennedy a homophobic slur, leading to Kennedy coming out as gay.
Interestingly enough, there's something of a pattern of Rondo's bigger infractions occuring in games against former teams. The Kennedy incident came in a game against the Celtics, while this recent one was against Dallas.
This is the first season of a two-year, $28 million Rondo signed with the Bulls in the offseason. He is averaging 8.2 points per game, 7.2 assists per game and 6.7 rebounds a night.
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