Good news for Rondo, C's: Injury not serious

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Good news for Rondo, C's: Injury not serious

BOSTON As Rajon Rondo lay on the Garden floor, writhing in pain, it was hard to see that play out on Wednesday against Toronto and not have flashbacks of Game 3 of the Miami Heat playoff series when Rondo suffered a dislocated elbow and ultimately returned to the floor that same night.

The spill Rondo took in the third quarter of Boston's 96-73 win over Toronto hurt. But it wasn't anything close to the pain he experienced in dislocating his elbow last season.

"I knew what a dislocated elbow feels like," Rondo said. "It wasn't that, so I was thankful for that. But my wrist was throbbing."

Kevin Garnett was among those concerned when Rondo didn't bounce back up quickly.

"When he didn't pop right back up, it made everybody nervous; I was included," Garnett said.

Garnett was one of the first Celtics to speak with Rondo following the foul.

"Having dialogue with him, and he wasn't really having much of that it was a major concern," Garnett said.

Team officials said Rondo had X-rays taken on the wrist, and those results came back negative. Rondo is being listed as day-to-day by the Celtics.

After seeing Rondo take such a hard foul, head coach Doc Rivers didn't think he was hurt badly at first.

"I was laughing right afterwards," Rivers said. "I wasn't (concerned) at first because I thought he was trying to get the flagrant (foul call)."

He did get that call, and missed the first of his two free throws.

After the free throw attempts, Rondo left the game and did not return.

"I wanted to come back," Rondo said. "I knew we had it under control. The best thing for me to do was rest."

The C's, whose lead peaked at 22 in the third quarter, did just that as no Celtic played more than 28 minutes against the Raptors (4-11) who have now lost six straight.

Without question, the oddest part of the game statistically was Rondo becoming Paul Pierce-like with his scoring, and Pierce doing his best Rondo impersonation by racking up the assists. Rondo led all scorers with 21 points, while Pierce had eight points and a game-high seven assists.

"Paul kind of joked and told me, let's switch roles tonight," Rondo said. "He would make the plays, and I would put it in the basket. I was trying to stay aggressive the entire night. I wanted to pick and choose my spots. I think I did a good job."

Rivers has no concerns about Rondo, the co-leader in assists with Steve Nash, getting away from time to time at being primarily a playmaker.

"You want him to be aggressive most nights," Rivers said. "His assists are going to happen because he's a great passer. Tonight was just one of those nights; he was basically just scoring; wasn't getting assists. But it was good for the team."

Celtics engaged in talks with Pacers for Paul George

Celtics engaged in talks with Pacers for Paul George

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum was all smiles after hearing his named called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver as the number 3 pick by Boston in Thursday night’s NBA draft.

And as he made his way towards the commissioner and put on the customary Celtics hat, a bright future surely awaited him.

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But is it going to be in Boston?

CSNNE.com confirmed an earlier report by Yahoo Sports! the Vertical that the Celtics were indeed engaged in trade talks with the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is no stranger to taking chances that most GMs would not consider or take a pass on.

Trading for George, who informed the Pacers that he would not re-sign a long-term deal with them and would instead prefer to play for the Los Angeles Lakers when he hits free agency in the summer of 2018, is a huge risk.

While the particulars of the possible trade are still being discussed, Boston will likely have to include the number three pick – Jayson Tatum – in a deal for George.

Ainge appears willing to gamble that a season in Boston will be enough to convince George to re-sign a long-term deal in the summer of 2018 which would be a win-win in terms of bolstering their chances to compete with Cleveland for Eastern Conference supremacy, and keep him away from the Lakers.

Jayson Tatum: Coach K was effusive in praise of Brad Stevens

Jayson Tatum: Coach K was effusive in praise of Brad Stevens

Celtics draft pick Jayson Tatum will go from one highly regarded coach to another, and he said shortly after being drafted that Mike Krzyzewski had nothing but good things to say about Brad Stevens. 

Tatum said Coach K’s praise for Stevens came after the Celtics traded the first overall pick, thus establishing they would not be selecting Markelle Fultz. 

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“He called me and talked about that Boston was wanting me to come up there for a workout. He was just ranting about how great of a person Brad Stevens is, and [that] Coach K would love the opportunity if they would pick me and he really wanted me to go up there and work out for them,” Tatum said. “I was all for it. It worked out. I had a great time up there on my visit and obviously they enjoyed me.”

Krzyzewski and Stevens coached against each other in the 2010 national championship, which Duke won by two points when Gordon Hayward’s potential game-winning half-court shot nearly went in, but hit the rim. Hayward and Stevens could be reunited this offseason given that the veteran forward will be a free agent.

Tatum spent one year at Duke, averaging 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.