Rested Rondo ready to roll

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Rested Rondo ready to roll

ORLANDO, Fla. Before being an injury replacement for the All-Star game, Rajon Rondo's plan was to get some rest and be ready for the second half of the season.

While his plans for the weekend may have changed, he was still able to get enough downtime to feel recharged for what he hopes will be a much better stretch of play for the Celtics.

"I had a good experience," Rondo said. "It's always an honor to be named an All-Star. I had fun; I spent a lot of time with my family, I enjoyed myself."

He added, "I'll be ready to go."

While in Orlando, Rondo said he spent some time getting shots up.

In addition to the All-Star break, Rondo also missed the Celtics' last two games as part of a two-game suspension for throwing a basketball at official Sean Wright.

"I try to get back out there so I just won't be so cold on Tuesday (at Cleveland)," Rondo said. "I got a lot of shots up the last couple of days on my own."

He certainly didn't get many up in Sunday's game.

Rondo had two points on 1-for-3 shooting.

Instead, Rondo stuck to what got him to the All-Star game - passing.

He had eight assists in just under 16 minutes. The only player for the East with more assists was Dwyane Wade, who played about 33 minutes and finished with a triple-double of 24 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

Those are the kind of numbers - at least the rebound and assist numbers - that Rondo is known for registering.

And while it's unclear what kind of impact the two games missed will have on his play, Rondo isn't overly concerned.

"It won't take me long to get back into the swing of things," he said. "I only missed two games. Everybody's had a break."

And while he knows he has to step his game up, Rondo said the goal for him is the same.

"I'm ready to get back and get some wins," Rondo said. "That's the only thing that matters."

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.  

Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

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Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

This actually won’t be the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Pats. 

As the veteran receiver aims to return Sunday from a concussion and knee injury after leaving the Pats’ Week 1 loss early and missing Week 2 altogether, he’ll try to build a Week 1 performance that saw him lead the Pats with 100 yards on six receptions. 

The stop and start is somewhat reminiscent of Amendola’s first year with New England in 2013, when he had 10 receptions for 104 yards in the season-opener. He suffered a groin injury in that game, however, and didn’t play again until Week 5. At least the wait is shorter this time around. 

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“I mean, there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s football, right?” Amendola said Friday. “But I feel really good today, feel strong, so get ready tomorrow and just continue to prepare.”

In that first game back in 2013, Amendola again led the Pats in receiving yards, but it was in a terrible offensive showing for New England. All it took was four receptions for 55 yards to be the Patriots’ best receiver in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati in which Tom Brady had a rare scoreless game. 

If Amendola can pick up where he left off in Week 1, the Pats will be in good shape. They’re also expected to have Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan ready to go, but Amendola was Tom Brady’s most reliable weapon in the Chiefs game, even though Brandin Cooks made a bigger impact with two pass interference penalties drawn in the red zone. 

Not known for his durability towards the end of his time in St. Louis, this will be the fourth of Amendola’s five regular seasons in New England in which he didn’t play in all 16 games. He played the full season in 2014, 14 games in 2015 and 12 games in 2013 and 2016. 

With Julian Edelman out, Brady could certainly use Amendola’s services as often as possible. That’s especially if he plays the way he did in Week 1. 

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