Rondo returns, Barbosa unlikely against Timberwolves

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Rondo returns, Barbosa unlikely against Timberwolves

BOSTON The Boston Celtics will welcome one guard back, while another one is questionable for Wednesday night's game against Minnesota.
Rajon Rondo returns to the Celtics lineup after serving a two-game suspension for pushing Brooklyn's Kris Humphries, but the news isn't as good for Leandro Barbosa.
After missing the last two days of practice, Barbosa (illness) returned to participate in the Celtic's shoot-around on Wednesday morning.
However, he didn't do enough to convince C's head coach Doc Rivers that he was fit and ready to play tonight.
"He's going to dress," Rivers said. "I can tell you I'm going to try and not use him. He's not feeling great at all. He did not look great today. He's doing the fluid thing and all that stuff, but he's going to be in uniform."
His absence would likely mean more minutes for Courtney Lee, who made the most of his extended action the last couple games with Rondo's suspension.
"Courtney's been playing well the last six games," Rivers said. "You notice it more because he was on the floor more, maybe. But he's in a good place, he really is. It took him a while, but he's got it. You can see it. That doesn't guarantee great play every night, but his effort, his positioning defensively, offensively he's running the floor ... he's doing a lot of things for us right now and that's been good. We've needed it, and it's going to serve us well."

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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