Rivers: Rondo needs to jump right in

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Rivers: Rondo needs to jump right in

BOSTON -- When Rajon Rondo returns from a one-game suspension for Game 3 of Boston Celtics first round series against the Atlanta Hawks, Doc Rivers doesnt want him holding anything back.

Rondo missed Game 2 on Tuesday for making contact with an official in Game 1.

He shouldnt be (affected by the suspension), but who knows, Rivers said prior to Game 3. You never know how that goes. You really dont. You dont know if hes going to try to do too much or do too little.

"A lot of guys, when they come back, they dont want to get in the way. And we want him to get in the way. We want him to have the ball and be aggressive.

Rondo scored 20 points in the series opener. He also dished 11 assists, grabbed four rebounds and four steals. Avery Bradley started at point guard for the Celtics in Game 2, while Paul Pierce, who scored a game-high 36 points, played point-forward during the game.

Morning Wrap: A down-to-the-wire playoff race

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Morning Wrap: A down-to-the-wire playoff race

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Jae Crowder: Bucks came out and "hit us in the mouth" early, good test

Jae Crowder: Bucks came out and "hit us in the mouth" early, good test

Jae Crowder and Brad Stevens react to the Celtics loss to the Bucks on Wednesday night, followed by Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine talking about where this loss leaves Boston in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.