Celtics moving the ball better without Rondo


Celtics moving the ball better without Rondo

It doesn't make much sense, does it?

The Celtics lose their All-Star point guard for the year, and start to play . . . better?

That's been the case for Boston through four games this season, and the numbers - including the team's 4-0 record - back it up.

Over the last four games, Boston is averaging more than five points per game more than the first 43. They're also allowing an average of more than five points less than the first 43 games.

And get this: Although Rajon Rondo was the NBA's leader in assists, and the C's averaged 23 assists per game with him, they're averaging 24.8 without him.

"We're just moving the ball a lot more, getting everybody involved," Courtney Lee said. "Rondo, he was primary play-maker, so he would make plays for everybody else and he would rack up assists. But with the personnel, everybody else's game is more of a move, catch & attack and playing in sets. So that's what we've been able to do."

Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

BOSTON – If you believe what Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are saying, then the former UConn star will not be on the move prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ESTtrade deadline.

Drummond, whose social media posts on Monday and later Tuesday morning only perpetuated the belief that he might be traded to Boston, addressed the trade speculation surrounding him after the Piston’s practice on Tuesday.

“What’s that got to do with my team?” he told reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors.”

Drummond was then reminded of the eyeballs emoji he posted Tuesday morning, which came less than 24 hours after he re-tweeted Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ eyeballs emoji – a similar posting to what Thomas did around the time Boston landed Al Horford last summer.

So as fans and media tried to piece the tweets together like they were clues to a Jessica Fletcher mystery, Drummond did his best to splash cold water on the trade talk on Tuesday.

“I’m a grown man,” he said. “I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”

Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about the Pistons having conversations with several teams about all their players.

“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters following the team’s practice on Tuesday. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre.

Van Gundy added, “The rumors don’t mean anything to me. One of you (media) guys asked me over the weekend how far along the D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green trade for Reggie was. The first time I heard about it was when I got that text, so I would assume not that far. I usually can just laugh it off, but it gets a little annoying.”

Thomsen: Believe Danny Ainge has 'really been pushing it' for trades

Thomsen: Believe Danny Ainge has 'really been pushing it' for trades

Will Boston fans be comfortable if the Celtics don't make a move before the trade deadline and again are waiting for free agency in the summer? Ian Thomsen, Marc Bertrand and Mike Giardi discuss.