Friday Free Throws: Ranking Rondo, the Jet has landed

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Friday Free Throws: Ranking Rondo, the Jet has landed

Welcome to the return of Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information about the Boston Celtics that have not made the headlines but are still worth a read.

The debate over Rajon Rondos ranking among top NBA point guards has been going on for years. He can pass, but can he shoot? He is a dangerous defender, but does he have a jumpshot? Does he play well because of his teammates around him?
This summer Rondo reportedly attested in a French interview that he is the best point guard in the NBA. (Would you expect him to say anything less?) Bleacher Report recently asked Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers about Rondos opinion and Chalmers shared his own ... but not without entering his own name into the mix:Peter Emerick: "Rajon Rondo recently said that he's the NBA's top point guard. What are your thoughts on that, and where do you think you rank among all the point guards in the NBA?"Mario Chalmers: "He's not the best, but he's in the top five. There are a lot of great point guards in the league, Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Steve Nash. There are a lot of great guards in the NBA so for him to say he's the best is a pretty bold statement. I'd say that I Mario Chalmers am in the front end of the top 10."Last season Rondo led the league with 11.7 assists per regular season game and 11.9 in the playoffs. During the regular season Nash ranked second with 10.7 assists per game, Paul ranked third with 9.1, and Williams ranked fifth with 8.7. Chalmers rounded out the top 40 among all players with 3.5 dimes per game.
Lee, Daniels on Their Grind
Cs guard Courtney Lee and former Celtics-current free agent Marquis Daniels were getting ready for the upcoming season together during a workout at the OHoops training facility in Oviedo, Florida. Lee, who was drafted by the Orlando Magic in 2008, and Florida-native Daniels paused for a photo with Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons, tweeted by OHoops: big time workout with @Marquis_Daniels @ChandlerParsons @CourtneyLee2211.

The Jet is on the Runway
With training camp starting next month, Jason Terry is packing up and settling down in Boston. On Wednesday the veteran guard, who signed with the Celtics this summer, posted a photo of a moving track captioned, "The Jet is on the runway I'm a miss you Dallas you'll always b Home! THANK YOU 4 your Support." The following day, Terry posted a picture of a Celtics logo that read, "Welcome to Boston Terry Family." He titled the post, "Home sweet Home." Terry played eight seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and won a championship with the team in 2011. This month he tattooed Lucky the Leprechaun on his arm to express his commitment to winning a title with the Celtics.

Garnett Inspires the Brow
During an interview with the New York Times, New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis was asked which NBA player he compares himself to. Who did the number one overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft choose? One of the best in the league, of course. Kevin Garnett, Davis replied. And I like how hard he goes, and he plays good defense along with his offense. The 6-10, 220 pound big man averaged 14.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game during his freshman (and only) season at the University of Kentucky. He will face off against Garnett for the first time on January 16 in Boston.
Celtics Tweet of the Week
@paulpierce34: U kno I gotta have a couple girls with me while at the beach it's the only way pic.twitter.com1I2hhmEI

Celtics Birthdays of the Week
Celtics Hall of Famer Tom Heinsohn turned 78 on August 26. Heinsohn played his entire nine-year career in Boston, winning eight championships and earning five NBA all-star selections. He averaged 18.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Heinsohn also coached the C's for another nine seasons and won two titles in that role. He is currently a Celtics television broadcaster....Current Celtic Jeff Green celebrated his 26th birthday on August 28. Green, who missed last season with cardiac surgery, signed a four-year contract with the C's this month. The Celtics originally selected Green with the fifth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and traded him to the Seattle SuperSonics as part of the Ray Allen deal....The late Skippy Whitaker, who wore number five more than 50 years before Kevin Garnett, was born on August 29, 1930. He played three games for the Celtics during the 1954-55 season....Like Heinsohn, another Hall of Famer celebrated a birthday this week. Robert Parish turned 59 on August 30. He won three championships during his 14 seasons with the Celtics. Parish leads all NBA players (past and current) in most career games played (1,611)....Former Celtic and Connecticut native Ryan Gomes will turn 30 on September 1. Gomes was drafted by the Celtics with the 50th overall pick in 2005. He played two seasons in Boston before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the blockbuster Garnett deal. Last season he averaged 2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game for the Los Angeles Clippers.

This Week in Celtics History
On August 26, 2005, the Celtics signed free agent Dwayne Jones. 17 years earlier, they signed Ramon Rivas on the same date. Both played one season for the Celtics. ... James Posey joined the Celtics on August 27, 2007. That season he played an integral role off the bench in the Celtics championship run. Posey signed a multi-year deal with the New Orleans Hornets the following summer.

LeBron James hasn't always been dominant the game after a bad performance

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LeBron James hasn't always been dominant the game after a bad performance

Conventional wisdom has been spreading almost from the moment Avery Bradley's shot (finally) dropped through the cylinder in the closing seconds Sunday night, and it goes something like this:

LeBron James was so bad in Game 3 that, determined to exact revenge, he's going to come out like a force of nature and obliterate the Celtics in Game 4.

Makes sense. But, you know, LeBron has had other playoff games in which he's scored fewer than 12 points. He's always been good the next time out -- certainly better than >12 points -- but nothing sweeping or historic:

And amazingly enough, his teams lost two of those three games.

So if you were thinking the Celtics' Game 3 triumph virtually guaranteed a Cavalier victory and a dominant LeBron James performance in Game 4 . . . well, maybe not.

Amir Johnson a game-time decision for Game 4 with shoulder injury

Amir Johnson a game-time decision for Game 4 with shoulder injury


CLEVELAND – Brad Stevens won’t know until shortly before tip-off tonight if he will have to make another lineup change.
 
Amir Johnson, whose right shoulder was injured in the Celtics' 111-108 Game 3 win on Sunday, is questionable for tonight’s Game 4.
 
“It’s better for sure,” Johnson told CSN this morning. “Yesterday, it was hard to lift. Today, I can move it all around. In shoot-around, I’m going to get a couple shots, see how it feels and go from there.
 
He added, “it’s definitely going to be a game-time decision. I’m going to go and shoot around, just to get a feel. And then for the game-time, I’ll shoot around some more, see how it feels and take it from there.”
 
Healthy or not, Johnson being with the starting group is far from a given.
 
The 6-foot-9 veteran has consistently been the first starter subbed out and usually winds up playing the fewest minutes.
 
In Game 3, two of his backups – Kelly Olynyk (15 points) and Jonas Jerebko (10 points) – shined brightly.
 
Here are some other highlights from the Celtics’ morning shoot-around.
 
THOMAS UPDATE: Isaiah Thomas met with a hip specialist on Monday, according to Stevens. “Still collecting information,” said Stevens, adding, “We’ll wait and see or we’ll discuss second, and third, and fourth, and fifth opinions.”

Thomas injured his right hip March 15 and later re-aggravated it in the first half of the Game 2 loss Friday. Less than 24 hours later, he was deemed out for the remainder of the playoffs.
 
He was replaced by Marcus Smart in the starting lineup and Smart responded with a career-high 27 points in Game 3, which included seven made 3’s which is a career-best mark as well.
 
BOUNCE-BACK CELTICS: The Celtics winning Game 3 sent shockwaves throughout the league, especially coming on the heels of a 44-point home court drubbing at the hands of the Cavs. “If you’re in sports long enough you’re going to have clunkers,” Stevens said. “You’re going to have games that don’t go your way. And our guys took seriously the idea of responding and just playing the next possession as well as they could.”
 
ROZIER HOMECOMING: The second-year guard grew up in nearby Youngstown, Ohio (75 miles southeast of Cleveland), so you can expect he’ll have a decent contingent of fans at tonight's game.
 
While he’s all-in for the Celtics, the same is not true of his friends and some family members.
 
“My family does a good job of staying on my side except for my one younger cousin,” Rozier said. “She loves LeBron.”