Rondo at the top of his game early on

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Rondo at the top of his game early on

CHICAGO Moments after Boston's 101-95 win over the Bulls, Rajon Rondo was knee-deep in a huge bucket of ice water.

That seems to be the only way to slow him down these days.

While it's too soon to make a strong argument for his place among the league's MVP candidates, Rondo's play is at a level that once again has him thickly entrenched in the argument over the best point guard in the NBA.

In the C's win over Chicago, Rondo had a near triple-double with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

After seven games, he's averaging a career-high 15.4 points per game along with 5.1 rebounds and an NBA-best 12.9 assists per game.

Rondo is also shooting a career-best 52.8 percent from the field with many of his points coming on mid-range and elbow jumpers.

Even with him knocking them down more consistently, he still recognizes that defenses have yet to adapt to the jump-shot making Rondo.

"They pretty much play me the same," Rondo said.

Which as it turns out, is a good thing for the Celtics.

For years, Jason Terry found himself matched up against Rondo when Terry played in Dallas. And the scouting report back then involved giving Rondo space to shoot as much as he wanted.

Lately, Rondo's forcing teams to play a game of pick your poison.

If you give him the open jumper, he's knocking that down.

Teams looking to put more pressure on him as a shooter, find that he still has the ability to blow past them with ease.

"It's all about confidence," said Terry, who spent his eight previous seasons with the Dallas Mavericks prior to signing with Boston. "He understands how the defense is going to play him. It's not going to change. They are going to continue to make him take that shot. He has to be willing to step up, take and make those shots when they're presented to him. Being aggressive, for him this entire season, that's what it's going to be about."

Seeing Rondo continue to grow as a player is a source of pride for veterans like Paul Pierce.

"He works hard at his craft," Pierce said. "It's developing nicely over the years. I feel that with me, Kevin (Garnett) being around here, I've been a part of that. It's beautiful to watch him finally come into his own. I consider him the best point guard in the league. The things he's able to do out there, and with him scoring the ball like that . . . you already know what he can do as far passing and rebounding. He's just unstoppable."

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL


Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”