OFFSEASON

Rivers: Rondo needs to jump right in

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Rivers: Rondo needs to jump right in

BOSTON -- When Rajon Rondo returns from a one-game suspension for Game 3 of Boston Celtics first round series against the Atlanta Hawks, Doc Rivers doesnt want him holding anything back.

Rondo missed Game 2 on Tuesday for making contact with an official in Game 1.

He shouldnt be (affected by the suspension), but who knows, Rivers said prior to Game 3. You never know how that goes. You really dont. You dont know if hes going to try to do too much or do too little.

"A lot of guys, when they come back, they dont want to get in the way. And we want him to get in the way. We want him to have the ball and be aggressive.

Rondo scored 20 points in the series opener. He also dished 11 assists, grabbed four rebounds and four steals. Avery Bradley started at point guard for the Celtics in Game 2, while Paul Pierce, who scored a game-high 36 points, played point-forward during the game.

OFFSEASON

Is it curious that Kevin Durant is even giving the Celtics an audience?

Is it curious that Kevin Durant is even giving the Celtics an audience?

Mike Felger, Dan Shaughnessy and Glenn Ordway wonder why the Celtics are even getting a meeting with Kevin Durant when free agency begins. Does it mean they have a legitimate chance of signing him?

OFFSEASON

Report: Celtics secure meeting with Dwight Howard

Report: Celtics secure meeting with Dwight Howard

In February, the Boston Celtics were involved in trade deadline talks with the Houston Rockets involving center Dwight Howard.

It appears the team still has interest in the free-agent big man. 

According to ESPN, the Celtics have secured a meeting with Howard after July 1.

Howard, 30, became a free agent after declining a player option that would have paid him more the $23 million in 2016-17