Shaq expected to play; Rondo confident


Shaq expected to play; Rondo confident


WALTHAM -Rajon Rondo is confident the Boston Celtics can overcome their 0-2 deficit tothe Miami Heat. Hes made sure his schedule is cleared for it, too.

Yeah, ofcourse I think we can win, he said following shootaround on Saturdaymorning. If I didn't, we'd be planning vacations right now. I don't have anyplans.

As theCeltics prepare for Game 3 against the Heat, Rondo said the mood among playerwas like it always is.

Guys seemfocused, he said.

After twogames in Miami, the Celtics will be playing on their homecourt for the firsttime in this series. Shaquille ONeal participated in the teams walkthroughand is also expected to play for the first time since April 3.

But as the Csproved in the first round against the New York Knicks, having the crowd behindyou doesnt guarantee a win.

Rondobelieves that in order to attack first against the Heat, the Celtics have totake care of the ball, get back in transition, and keep the their opponents offthe offensive glass.

Home courtdoesn't really matter. We've just got to do it, he said. It's like we tookNew York's crowd out of Game 3. They can easily do the same thing, so we'vejust got to try to come out and weather the storm, continue to put the pressureon them.

Rondo pointedout that the Celtics are a confident group of guys, determined to take backthe series.

Were ready,he said. The time is here.

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Brown fires up Celtics teammates with tomahawk dunk over Vucevic

Brown fires up Celtics teammates with tomahawk dunk over Vucevic

Well it appears that Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic wasn’t the only one who didn’t see Jaylen Brown’s powerful dunk over him coming. 
Apparently, Brown didn’t see it coming either. 
“It caught me off-guard,” Brown said after Boston’s 117-87 thumping of the Magic. “I wasn’t even expecting it. It happens. It’s part of basketball. It’s two points.”
The play in question came early in the second quarter when Brown blew past Jodie Meeks into the lane and took off towards the rim. 
Vucevic jumped late, got dunked on and the Celtics bench went bananas!
“It gave our team a lot of energy,” Brown acknowledged.
Brown understands part of his job in coming off the bench is to make an impact with effort. 
And in doing so, he senses that his teammate’s confidence him in and his game can only grow.
“I feel like my teammates are trusting me more, getting more trust from the coaching staff,” said Brown who finished with 13 points. 
Avery Bradley likes what he’s seen from Brown, a young player who has shown tremendous promise. 
And that dunk over Vucevic?
“You’re going to see a lot more of those in his career,” Bradley said. “He gets us going.”