Rondo sits vs. Nets, doubtful for Friday


Rondo sits vs. Nets, doubtful for Friday

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON - Rajon Rondo didn't play on Wednesday against the New Jersey Nets, as Doc Rivers promised prior to the game. Rivers is also doubtful Rondo (strained left hamstring) will play on Friday against the Toronto Raptors.

Now that Delonte West is out for the foreseeable future because of a broken right wrist, Rivers said he will be even more careful bringing Rondo back. With the limited depth in the Celtics backcourt, they can't afford for Rondo to re-injure himself and miss more time.

"I'm probably less likely to play Rondo the way things are going," Rivers said. "Unless trainer Eddie Lacerte says he's feeling great, I just can't see it. And I know Rondo, so we're really going to have to have a long talk for him to play on Friday."

Rondo has missed the last two games since suffering the injury on November 19 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to Rivers, Rondo attempted to participate in the Celtics walkthrough on Wednesday morning and did not feel well.

"I don't think it's a bad injury, but you just have to be careful with it," said Rivers.

Rondo did shootaround prior to the game and was non-committal when asked about his status.

If Rondo is given the green light to play on Friday by Lacerte, Rivers would consider putting him back on the court given the fact that the team does not play again until November 30 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But for now, Rivers will continue to turn to Nate Robinson at the starting role. Robinson is averaging 19.0 points, 6.0 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in his two starts.

"He's been great, said Rivers. "Nate's played two terrific games. Our offensive numbers haven't changed at all."

Rivers isn't concerned, either, about losing a defensive edge with Robinson.

"It doesn't change much," he said. "We don't change much defensively as far as our schemes. We do what we do and we hope the opposition can't deal with it. Nate, the ball pressure will be the same, so not much change."

Even though Robinson is a shoot-first guard, Rivers is simply looking for him to play Celtics basketball.

"Really, just play," urged Rivers. "Just be Nate, go play. Go play through our system, be aggressive."

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First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”

Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . .  he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”