Hawks and C's ready for game without Rondo


Hawks and C's ready for game without Rondo

ATLANTA It remains to be seen just what kind of impact not having Rajon Rondo on the floor for tonight's Game 2 matchup between Boston and Atlanta will have on this series.

One thing we do know, both teams are not going to dwell on it.

"It's over now," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "We just move on."

Boston has adopted that mentality whenever Rondo has been out of the lineup, evident by them posting an 8-5 record without him in the lineup.

The Hawks know all too well how dangerous a Rondo-less Celtics team can be, with the C's taking Atlanta down to the wire last month as Rondo - and a number of fellow starters - sat out the game out.

"When you play teams with key players out, they become even more dangerous," said Hawks coach Larry Drew. "The tendency is to let your guard down. Sometimes you come out a little complacent. Sometimes you don't come out with the fire and intensity and the energy."

C's coach Doc Rivers said Mickael Pietrus will get the start in the lineup at shooting guard while Avery Bradley will slide over to play the point.

"Just try to have the right focus to help the team win," said Pietrus who will be making his seventh start of the season. "No matter if it's scoring, defensive in the playoffs, you have to do whatever extra thing your team needs, to win. That's what I am preparing to do tonight; whatever they need me to do for us to win."

Celtics take Semi Ojeleye at No. 37

Celtics take Semi Ojeleye at No. 37

The Celtics drafted SMU junior wing Semi Ojeleye with the 32nd overall pick of Thursday’s draft. 

Ojeleye, whom The Ringer’s draft guide compared to current Celtic Jae Crowder, averaged 18.9 points and 6.8 rebounds a game in his final season at SMU. He was considered one of CSNNE’s pre-draft sleepers. 

After taking Jayson Tatum and Ojeleye, the C’s have two picks remaining. They’ll select 53rd and 56th overall.