Rondo suffers back injury, questionable vs. Magic

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Rondo suffers back injury, questionable vs. Magic

NEW YORK You will be hard-pressed to find a Boston Celtics game this season in which Rajon Rondo doesn't take a spill or two to the floor.

But in Tuesday's 118-110 loss at New York, he took one in the second half that seemed harder than usual that left him on the floor for several minutes.

'Get up,' was C's coach Doc Rivers' first thought when he saw Rondo go down.

"I saw how he hit. I didn't think he was hurt as far as career-something," Rivers said. "I just knew he would have a deep bruise. We've all fallen, and it was a hard fall."

Rivers didn't want to play Rondo any more after incident, but Rondo and C's trainer Ed Lacerte convinced Rivers that Rondo was fit to continue playing.

"Listen, I'm looking at the playoffs," Rivers said. "This game I'd rather have Rondo healthy."

Paul Pierce didn't see how Rondo fell - he seemed to have lost his balance after what appeared to be a collision with Knicks center Tyson Chandler.

"I don't think that knocked me off balance," Rondo said. "I don't even remember the play, I just remember falling. It took me a while to get up, I could feel my legs ... that's what they were telling me, if I could feel anything that I could feel my legs. It took me a lot of bending, but I could feel everything in my body."

The C's had just called a time-out and Pierce looked over and saw Rondo still on the ground, but he said he wasn't too concerned at the time.

"He has a history of laying down for long periods of time and then getting up," said Pierce, grinning. "So I knew he'd probably bounce up."

Rondo eventually rose to his feet and continued to play.

In addition to the back injury, Rondo also re-aggravated the right wrist injury that sidelined him for eight games earlier this season.

Rondo said he expects to play against Orlando Wednesday night, but that is far from a given.

"We're just trying to get one more win, I think," Rondo said. "We want to win out, but we need one more win to clinch the division."

Winning the division would be nice, but finding ways to get core guys rest between now and the playoffs is also important.

However, Rivers hasn't had to think too much about that because a number of his players keep going down with injuries that are forcing them to the sidelines to recover from those injuries and get some rest.

The Celtics were without Ray Allen (ankle) and Mickael Pietrus (right knee) on Tuesday, and their availability for Wednesday's game against the Magic is uncertain. In addition to those two and Rondo, the C's must also be concerned about Pierce's health.

He came into the game with a left toe injury which he said following Tuesday's loss, was still sore.

"But I'm more worried about the thigh," he said. "I took a hard knee to the thigh from Tyson (Chandler) in the second half. We'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

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Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

FOXBORO -- What could have been an awkward plane ride for Tom Brady and John Harbaugh was made less so thanks to a high school lacrosse player. 

Brady and Harbaugh shared a private plane back from Michigan where Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan program put on an event for National Signing Day. About a year earlier, Brady told a room full of reporters that Harbaugh and his coaching staff should study the rule book and "figure it out" after hearing that they were pretty upset about the unusual formations the Patriots ran during their AFC Divisional Round win over Baltimore. 

They may not have been on the best of terms.

"I was pissed off," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor before the start of this season. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed. ... So yeah, that should never have been said."

But on the flight was Harbaugh's daughter Alison, a high school lacrosse player. When Brady took some time to share a few thoughts on competitiveness with her, he and Harbaugh found common ground.

"We had a lot of fun," Harbaugh said of the flight. "I don't know if he's talked about that at all, but we ended up sharing a plane ride along with my daughter and a couple of his people, friends of his. We just had a chance to just talk for a couple hours. And really more than anything, Alison got a chance to listen to Tom Brady talk about competing and what it takes to be great at what you do.

"And one of the funny things about it was, he was so nice to her. He gets off and they go, and we get back on the plane and we're talking, and she says something like, 'Boy, Tom really is a nice guy.' And I look at here and go, 'Tom?' I'm thinking 'Mr. Brady' would have been more appropriate. She said, 'He said to call me Tom.' I got a kick out of that.

"It was good. Lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. He's very tough to compete against. The best quarterback that's played, certainly in this era, without question in my mind. That's how I would rank him. And it's just another tough challenge to have to play against him."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.