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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.

Celtics to retire Pierce's No. 34 Feb. 11 vs. Cavs

Celtics to retire Pierce's No. 34 Feb. 11 vs. Cavs

The Celtics announced that they will retire former captain Paul Pierce's No. 34 jersey Sunday, Feb. 11, when they play the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. 

The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Pierce, the franchise No. 2 all-time leading scorer behind John Havlicek, played 15 years in Boston and helped the C's win their 17th title in 2008.

His No. 34 will be the 22nd number retired by the Celtics.

Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca had told the Boston Globe on Thursday that the Pierce jersey retirement would be this season.

Last month, Pierce signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Celtics so he could officially retire with the Green.