How Wilcox learned to run with Rondo

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How Wilcox learned to run with Rondo

The Boston Celtics' indefinite loss of Chris Wilcox to cardiac issues takes away not only a big man, but a player to run in transition with Rajon Rondo.

Over the season, Wilcox and Rondo have developed chemistry on the fast break. What started with bumbled passes and turnovers turned into quick dunks and easy baskets between the big man and point guard.

One, youve got to be able to run the floor, said Wilcox, 29. Two, youve got to be able to catch the ball. And three, youve got to be aware because you dont know where the pass is coming from.

Prior to being sidelined, Wilcox told CSNNE.com his three keys to playing in transition with Rondo.
1. Run the Floor: Being in transition makes it easier for me and it also makes it easier for him (Rondo). Then for the rest of the guys, theyre running the floor with me. Once I get down in the post, most of the time the whole defense will collapse and then we get Ray (Allen) for three, Paul (Pierce), all those guys. Ive always been a runner, getting out in transition, making the bigs run. Then when I got here, it was kind of difficult because I really didnt know what they were expecting from me until as of late. So now I know Ive just got to run the floor. Everything else is easy.

2. Catch the Ball: You dont know (when the pass is coming). Youve just got to be ready for anything. Youve just got to keep your eye on him and then youll see (laughs). Youve got to keep your eye on him and then when you see him going into his thing, it might be you, it might not be you because he might fake to you and kick it all the way to the three-point line. We just get a lot of our chemistry from playing. You cant watch film on him because hes got all kinds of passes he might throw, so youve just got to be ready for everything and anything.
3. Be Aware: Communication is definitely big because without that, itll be tough for everybody. Wed just be coming down the court and you just hear everything Im open! Ive gotcha! Im trailing! We talk just so we can all be on the same page. He (Rondo) might call a play that only him and the first unit know from last year, so then Id be like, Let me know where I need to go. So we just try to get on the same page, communicate thing like that. Hes changed my game a lot because he makes it so much easier because all youve got to do is just be there and the pass is going to be there.

Wilcox is averaging 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds this season for the Celtics. With center Jermaine ONeal (wrist) also sidelined, Wilcox had been playing an increased role off the bench as of late.

Report: Pacers decide not to trade Paul George

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Report: Pacers decide not to trade Paul George

Well, so much for that . . . 

Of couse, is this is true, the breakdown of talks isn't such a bad thing:

More to come . . . 

Avery Bradley returns to practice, but injury status remains uncertain

Avery Bradley returns to practice, but injury status remains uncertain

Avery Bradley was back on the practice floor after missing the Celtics' past 16 games, but it's unclear if he'll travel to Toronto for Friday night's game.

Boston Celtics, Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown, Brad Stevens, Toronto Raptors, A. Sherrod Blakely 
 
WALTHAM, Mass. – Avery Bradley was back on the practice floor briefly at the first gathering of the Celtics since the All-Star break.
 
Now returning to the floor in an actual game? That remains a bit up in the air.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday, adding that his status for the Friday night game at Toronto remains unclear.
 
“Avery practiced about a third of the practice today which was about what our medical staff determined was the appropriate progression,” Stevens said. “He [Bradley] told me afterwards he felt really good.”
 
As far as his availability for Friday, Stevens said he did not have an update and was not told by the medical staff whether Bradley would be traveling with the team to Toronto when they leave later this afternoon.
 
Bradley is dealing with a right Achilles' injury that has kept him sidelined for the past 16 games and 20 of the past 21.
 
The news is much better when it comes to the health of Jaylen Brown.
 
Brown missed the past three games, but said he was feeling better and would be traveling with the team to Toronto.
 
“I’m looking to play in Toronto,” he said.
 
The return of Brown can only help a Celtics team that’s looking to pick up where they left off prior to the break.
 
Boston’s ascension to the No. 2 spot in the East has been fueled by wins in 11 of the past 13 games.
 
Despite that success, Stevens knows all too well that a roster change of some sort could go down at any minute prior to today’s 3 p.m . trade deadline.
 
“When you’re in position where you’re playing at a pretty good level, you don’t anticipate much change,” Stevens said. “But certainly there could be small things; there may not be. At the end of the day, my job is to try and focus on the 15 guys that are here.”