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Rondo's triple-double another sign of growth

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Rondo's triple-double another sign of growth

WASHINGTON If you didn't know better, you'd think Rajon Rondo's triple-double in Boston's 94-86 win over Washington was just another day on the job.

To his Boston Celtics teammates and most followers of the NBA, Rondo racking up triple-doubles doesn't generate much attention.

In fact, not an eyebrow was raised as Rondo had 18 points along with 14 assists and 11 rebounds. It was his 14th career triple-double, and eighth during the regular season.

"He's been a walking triple-double since he walked into the league," said Paul Pierce. "He's very unique, unlike a lot of point guards in the league."

Kevin Garnett added, "That's . . . the Golden Child. He fills every category up . . . including turnovers. You know what I mean? That's my dog, though. His influence on the game is so, so special."

Sunday's performance was yet another game in which Rondo's perimeter shooting seemed to open things up for him and his Celtics teammates.

In the third quarter, the Celtics were on the short end of a 15-7 run by the Wizards, which cut Boston's lead to nine points.

It was a tightly contested 17-foot jumper by Rondo that pushed the lead back to double figures.

"That wouldn't have happened last year," said coach Doc Rivers. "That was great to see."

Rivers added, "He's far more assertive. He's comfortable taking jumpshots."

Even on a night when Rondo's all-around game was exceptional, his comments were centered around doling out the praise - much like he does passes - to his teammates.

"Without these guys, I don't know where I would be," Rondo said. "Not just the vets; my ex-teammates that I played with. It's the coaching staff as well. They always been very high on me and praised me and continue to want me to do good. It's a team effort and we got the win."

Indeed, the more you watch Rondo, the more you see the growth in his game. While the jumper remains a work in progress, it's clearly better now than it has been at any time in his career.

He's even developed a low-post game, one in which he posted up John Wall who is a couple inches taller, and still managed to score in the paint.

"I've been trying to post all season," Rondo said. "It was one play."

And it worked. And chances are he'll look to it again at some point, well aware that it becomes another tool in Rondo's growth as he continues to emerge as one of the NBA's best all-around players.

Report: Dwyane Wade close to reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland

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Report: Dwyane Wade close to reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland

The LeBron James-Dwyane Wade reunion is happening in Cleveland.

Wade, 35, who won two championships with James with the Miami Heat, is "nearing a commitment" to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported. 

Wade, bought out by the Chicago Bulls after one underwhelming season in a return to his hometown, will clear waivers Wednesday, become an unrestricted free agent and can sign for the $2.3 million veterans minimum with the Cavs. 

Wojnarowski reported that Wade considered offers from the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and a return to Miami, where he won two titles with James in 2012 and '13 and one with Shaquille O'Neal in 2006. 

The Cavs, of course, have remade James' supporting cast significantly since reaching the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season in June. 

Kyrie Irving was traded to the Celtics in a deal that sent Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder to Cleveland. Thomas' injured hip is expected to keep him from playing until January, giving Wade, who averaged 18 points for the Bulls last season and 23.3 points, 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds in his career, an opportunity for more minutes.


 

Bill Russell takes knee wearing Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bill Russell takes knee wearing Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bill Russell has made it clear where he stands on the topic of recent protests against social inequality. 

The Celtics great posted a photo himself taking a knee, as players did throughout the NFL in response to Donald Trump calling protesting players "sons of bitches." Russell was wearing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he received from Barack Obama in 2011, in the photo.

Trump said in a speech in Alabama Friday that he would like to see players who kneel during the National Anthem be fired. That led to a major uptick in players kneeling or standing with arms linked prior to games. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also took a knee prior to Monday night's game.