Rondo not dwelling on future without Big Three

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Rondo not dwelling on future without Big Three

Rajon Rondo learned early on that basketball is a business. After his rookie season, he saw nearly half his team dealt away in trades to acquire Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the summer of 2007.

Since winning a championship in 2008, his best friend, Kendrick Perkins, was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Rondo has been part of trade rumors himself. This week, Yahoo! Sports reported the Celtics looked into trading both Allen and Paul Pierce this season.

Facing the expiring contracts of Allen, 36, and Garnett, 35, this summer, the 26-year-old point guard knows nothing is certain next season and the New Big Three era could come to an end.

I just go with the flow, Rondo recently told CSNNE.com. I dont really dwell on what may come in the future because the future isnt promised to me. So why worry about something when I cant control it?

Whatever his teammates decide to do, he wants them to be happy, whether it is with the Celtics or elsewhere. In the meantime, he is trying to capitalize on their chances for a title this season.

Im not a cheesy person, Rondo said. Im kind of just go with the flow, wish them well as far as health, wish myself well with it, try to make this run at it. These may be our last days, they may not be. They may all re-sign with the Celtics. You never know.

He continued, I would like them to be happy wherever they go. They might decide to retire. You never know. . . . You never know. So as long as theyre happy, Im happy.

WATCH: Celtics vs. Hornets

WATCH: Celtics vs. Hornets

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Celtics-Hornets preview: Boston, Charlotte heading in opposite directions

Celtics-Hornets preview: Boston, Charlotte heading in opposite directions

BOSTON -- The last time Boston saw the Charlotte Hornets last month, both teams were streaking in the wrong direction with each coming in having lost three in a row.

Both come into tonight’s game streaking, although in two very different directions.

Boston (25-15) has won 12 of its last 15 games to firmly establish itself as the third-best team in the East behind Cleveland and Toronto. Meanwhile the Hornets (20-20) are on the cusp of falling below .500 for the first time this season after losing their last four games.

Still, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen enough of this Hornets team to know that a win tonight won’t come easily.

“This is a good team,” Stevens said. “We all know Charlotte. They don’t beat themselves. We’ve had to play really well against those guys. This is going to be a tough one, as we all know.”

Figuring out why these two teams are trending in opposite directions isn’t all that complicated.

For the Celtics, their success of late has hinged heavily on their ability to make 3-pointers. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s problems have had a lot to do with a tough slate of road games (all four of their recent losses were on the road) and their inability to make shots which has been an issue in some form for them all season regardless of the opponent.

Look at the last four games, all of which the Hornets lost while the Celtics won three of their four games in that span.

The Hornets rank 21st in scoring with a 101.5 points per game average while the Celtics average 110.8 points which ranks 8th in the league.

Charlotte ranks dead-last in the league the last four games when it comes to shooting the ball (40.5 percent), while Boston comes in 18th at 46.0 percent.

But it’s the 3-point shot and its impact on having an effective field goal percentage, that really separates these two.

Boston has averaged a league-best 15.3 made 3-pointers in the last four games while the Hornets and their 9.8 made 3’s ranks 20th.

And as far as its impact on eFG%, Boston comes in with the eighth-best eFG% in the league (54.8 percent) while the Hornets next-to-last in the NBA with an eFG% of .462.

So what does that mean tonight?

Boston will look to continue being fueled offensively by good ball movement and attacking the rim which in turn should result in lots of good looks from 3-point range which is clearly a strength of this team.

Charlotte will search for other sources of offense besides former UConn star Kemba Walker who is on the short list of candidates for a spot on this year’s Eastern Conference all-star roster.

As was the case in Charlotte’s 102-93 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, an off-night shooting for Walker (17 points, 7-for-23 shooting with three assists) left the Hornets extremely vulnerable to defeat. Similar struggles tonight will provide a similar ending for Charlotte which would allow both teams to continue streaking along … something the Celtics wouldn’t mind at all.