Pierce (heel), Rondo (ankle) miss practice

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Pierce (heel), Rondo (ankle) miss practice

WALTHAM The Boston Celtics have only had three days of practice, and players are already starting to miss action.

Rajon Rondo suffered a right ankle sprain about halfway through Sunday's practice, and did not return. Fellow starter Paul Pierce suffered a right heel injury that kept him off the practice floor for the second straight day.

While both injuries are considered minor, the C's were once again unable to have enough bodies in practice to even do any 5-on-5 work.

This has left head coach Doc Rivers little choice but to do a lot more 3-on-3, and 1-on-1 work with players in addition to pick-and-roll defense using four players.

"You can still have a practice," Rivers said. "The problem is, we haven't had a scrimmage yet at all. It's three days in a row now we haven't been able to go up and down with five-on-five, with your players. That's three days in camp that we've missed already."

It has created a considerable amount of day-to-day uncertainty, which is why the C's have scheduled Monday's practice later in the afternoon in hopes that the yet-to-be-cleared paperwork will be done in time for those unable to practice to be on the floor.

"Right now, as far as I'm concerned, we haven't started camp yet," Rivers said.

Steelers GM on Hightower: 'It didn't work'

Steelers GM on Hightower: 'It didn't work'

Speaking to reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert touched briefly on the team’s unsuccessful attempt to lure Dont’a Hightower away from New England in free agency. 

Hightower returned to the Patriots this month on a four-year, $43.5 million deal with $19 million guaranteed. He was also courted by the Jets and Steelers, among others, with his offer from the Jets reported to be the biggest before they reportedly pulled it due to physical concerns. 

The Steelers also reportedly offered more money than the Patriots, with Jason La Canfora reporting that Pittsburgh offered more than $9 million annually. Hightower’s deal with the Pats pays him $8.7 million per year. 

“We made an attempt [with Hightower], it didn’t work,” Colbert told reporters. “We’re fine. We move on. Vince Williams, we were very confident in Vince. That’s why we signed him to the extension last year. So that if we got to this point and Lawrence had left us, and we didn’t sign anybody from the outside, Vince was certainly capable of stepping up and being the next guy.”

Hightower is entering his sixth season with the Patriots, who selected him with the 25th overall pick in the 2012 draft. 

Tom Brady tees it up with Jordan Spieth at Augusta National

Tom Brady tees it up with Jordan Spieth at Augusta National

It's been a long time since Tom Brady's been considered a true underdog. You might have to go back to Super Bowl XXXVI for anyone to remember a time when it seemed like the quarterback with the most championships in NFL history was a long shot to win. 

Not when it comes golf, though. 

Brady's a talented golfer, no doubt. He's eagled at Pebble Beach. He once teamed up with Jim Nantz to beat up on two US presidents

But even Brady knew he faced long odds against Jordan Spieth at Augusta. According to Brady's Instagram page, it seems as though the two Under Armour pitch men made up a foursome at the famed course about two weeks before the Masters kicked off. 

Trying to beat @jordanspieth in golf is like trying to arm wrestle @therock... #DreamBig #NeverGiveUp

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Brady has also taken on Augusta with Rory McIlroy. Still waiting on those scores to come out, but as with the recent Spieth round, probably shouldn't hold your breath.