Rondo returns in gritty effort vs. Knicks


Rondo returns in gritty effort vs. Knicks

WALTHAM -- With a brace on his right wrist and a bruise under his right eye, Rajon Rondo addressed the media following Saturdays practice for the first time since his return to action on Friday night against the New York Knicks.

The gritty match up against the Knicks was more than just his first game back since spraining his wrist on January 18. Limited by the injury as a right-handed player, it was the first time he had really shot the ball in over two weeks

I shot yesterday morning, he said. It wasnt really getting up shots because when I flick my wrist a lot, I didnt want it to start it to bother me or hurt again. So I got up shots when I took a couple shots in the game.

Rondo scored seven points off 3-for-8 shooting against the Knicks, compared to his season average of 14.4 points per game (5.6-for-10.9 FG). He also committed five turnovers.

I wouldnt say its like a mental block, but I took a jumpshot today and I hit it, so thats not an excuse, he said. I have to get back up to getting shots up, a lot more repetition, and getting my rhythm back.

Rondo expects to wear a brace on his wrist one or two more games. While it will help him heal, it is also a reminder of his injury.

I wouldnt say it bothers me mentally, but its really tight, he said. But I have to wear it for the support because I do hit the ground a lot. But yesterday I did a better job. I think I only hit it twice. If I can stay off the ground, my body feels a lot better the next day.

In addition to his wrist, Rondo also suffered a bruised right eye when he got hit on a play by Iman Shumpert, which he says did not affect him during the game. It was another unexpected bump in the road he ran into on his way back from injury.

You never know until youre in the game, he said. You can run, do cardio all you want, but when you get on the floor, you go through pick-and-rolls, you hit the floor, you get up, youre doing transition back and forth, its a different type of game.

Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls


Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls

Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.

Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game. 

Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s. 

With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.

Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/report: Edelman still limited


Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/report: Edelman still limited

FOXBORO -- Even though Dion Lewis returned to practice on Thursday, there were no changes to the Patriots injury report.

Because Lewis remains on the physically unable to perform list, he does not count against the active roster, and the team is not required to list his participation level following practices. The Patriots have three weeks to activate Lewis, and whenever they do, he'll be eligible to show up on the participation report.

There were no changes to New England's injury report, meaning that tight end Martellus Bennett, receiver Julian Edelman and linebacker Jamie Collins all continue to be limited. Edelman has been limited with a foot injury since before his team's Week 6 matchup with the Browns. Despite just nine catches for 65 yards in Tom Brady's first two games back from suspension, Edelman bounced back against the Steelers and reeled in nine passes for 60 yards.

The Bills continue to be hampered by a variety of ailments. Linebacker Zach Brown, who almost single-handedly ruined Patriots plans back in Week 4, missed Thursday's workout with an illness, as did guard Richie Incognito. Running back LeSean McCoy missed practice for the second straight day with a hamstring injury, and receiver Marquis Goodwin was out with a concussion. 

Here's Thursday's full practice participation/injury report for the Patriots and Bills:


TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)


LB Zach Brown (illness)
TE Cordy Glenn (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion)
G Richie Incognito (illness)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring)
S Aaron Williams (neck)

DT Corbin Bryan (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)
RB Mike Gillislee (foot)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee)
G John Miller (shoulder)
WR Robert Woods (foot)

T Seantreal Henderson (back)

LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury related)
DT Adolphus Washington (illness)