Doc: 'I have no idea' if Rondo will play against Nets

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Doc: 'I have no idea' if Rondo will play against Nets

BOSTON Rajon Rondo is about as tough a player as you'll come across in the NBA.
So the idea of him suffering a right ankle injury and not being able to return can not be discounted.
Boston managed to survive a Rajon Rondo-less fourth quarter on Wednesday in squeaking out a 98-93 win over Utah.
But it remains to be seen if the C's can last an entire game without their floor leader.
Boston may have to find out the hard way Thursday night when they play the Brooklyn Nets.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said it was "iffy" that Rondo could have returned to the floor on Wednesday night against the Jazz.
When asked if Rondo would play against the Nets, Rivers responded, "I have no idea. With sprained ankles, tomorrow you'll know more."
If he's unable to play, the Celtics would likely re-insert Courtney Lee into the starting lineup and have Jason Terry slide over to running the point.
There's not a single player in the Celtics locker room who doesn't know that they are a better team -- a much better team -- with Rondo rather than without him.
Still, there is clearly an upside of sorts for the Celtics during stretches in which Rondo is off the floor.
"You don't wish any hurt upon any of your teammates, but it's the nature of the business, it happens," said Boston's Paul Pierce. "We went without him a few games last year, so we just have to make the adjustments."
Rondo missed 13 games last season with the Celtics tallying a decent 8-5 record in his absence.
While there are a number of adjustments that have to be made if Rondo is unable to play, there's a confidence about this team that keeps them relatively confident that the void left by his absence will be filled by someone.
On Wednesday, that player was Leandro Barbosa, who led the Celtics second unit with 16 points but maybe even more important, didn't allow the Celtics to miss a beat even with their best player out of the game.
"It shows how deep we are," said Celtics big man Chris Wilcox. "We've got guys who can step up."
And the timing of that lesson could not be any better as the Celtics travel to Brooklyn to face a Nets team that's led by point guard Deron Williams.
Still, the idea of having to play games at some point without Rondo was something that Rivers anticipated coming about at some point this season.
"He's not going to play all 82, I doubt," Rivers said. "It'd be nice. You know, how I think, guys, the next guy, just somebody has to step up and we have to figure it out. Tonight was a great example that we did that."

Felger: 'The Oakland Raiders are garbage, and they always have been'

Felger: 'The Oakland Raiders are garbage, and they always have been'

Want a classic Felger rant? Or forget Felger; a classic rant, period?

Watch the video above as Michael Felger eviscerates the Oakland Raiders.

"You know what the Oakland Raiders are? And their fans, and their city? A bunch of dirtbags," Felger said Tuesday on Felger & Mazz. "If that's not the most overrated team and organization in the history of sports, I don't know what is . . . That is a garbage organization and it has always has been.

"And the way people are treating them now, like . . . the Green Bay Packers or the Boston Celtics or the Montreal Canadiens or the New York Yankees are moving, is laughable. Laughable! The Oakland Raiders are garbage. And they always have been."

There's more . . . ,much more. Watch the video to hear the full treatment.

First-place Celtics continue to focus on playing well, not standings

First-place Celtics continue to focus on playing well, not standings

WALTHAM, Mass. – When it comes to NBA standings, no Celtic pays closer attention to it than Isaiah Thomas.
 
But the 5-foot-9 All-Star is quick to say that while he’s aware of what’s happening with other teams record-wise, Thomas, like his teammates, isn’t obsessed with it, even with the Celtics (48-26) now in first place in the East following Cleveland’s loss at San Antonio on Monday.
 
“It’s a good feeling,” Thomas said. “It’s still not the end of the year; anything can happen. It’s a nice feeling to be the number one seed for once, but we just have to continue to control what we can control.”

The fact that Boston is even in position to finish with the best record in the East is amazing when you consider injuries and illnesses have forced them to use 13 different starting lineups this season.
 
And the preferred starting five of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Amir Johnson has played together 31 times and posted an impressive 24-7 record.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens has been consistent in his message that while having the best record in the East is nice, he’s more consumed with the team continuing to improve.
 
“It doesn’t mean a whole lot right now,” Stevens said of being in first place. “The whole idea is to make progress, get better every day and stay in the moment. You do that if you’re in last place trying to build up or whether you’re in a position where you’re fighting for seeding. Ultimately, we’ve been able to grow and get a little bit better. But I still think we can play a lot better. That’s where my focus is.”
 
And the same holds true for his players. Thomas knows how unusual this season has been for the Celtics, who continue finding ways to win despite frequently being short-handed.
 
The latest example of that involves forward Jonas Jerebko, who is questionable for Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee because of a sore left knee that limited him in Tuesday’s practice.
 
“It’s a long season. A lot of things can happen whether they be good or bad and we know that,” Thomas said. “We just try to withstand the storm we’ve had a few times this year, and continue to try and stay as positive as possible and we’ve done that. We’re in a good position right now. We just have to continue to take care of business.”
  
And that means steadily improving while piling up the wins, particularly against teams such as the Bucks (37-36), who are among a handful of teams that could potentially be Boston’s first-round opponent.
 
Milwaukee comes in having won 11 of its past 14 games.

“It makes the game that much more important,” said Celtics guard Avery Bradley. “Just like the Miami game. We want to let the teams know now, they go up against us in the playoffs, it’s no mercy. We’re going to play hard. We’re going to bring it every single night. We’re going to play Celtics basketball every single night. Them knowing that, we can scare a lot of teams if we’re playing the right way.”