Rasheed Wallace has grown into an understanding of his role and game. (AP)The two-hour practice was over and there was Rasheed Wallace, still on the court, working on his shot.



There are two things you never apologize for in the NBA: Big-money contracts and wins of any kind.

If someone wants to give you the full mid-level exception you don’t ask twice and if you can pull out a road win on the second night of a back-to-back in front of a half-full arena somewhere on the Jersey Turnpike, you take it and don’t look back.



Kendrick Perkins never had an issue getting attention on the court. The only problem was, it wasn't always for the right reasons.

In the first half of last season, Perkins was a technical foul magnet. He became better known for his emotions rather than his game. Perkins entered this season, however, with a new attitude.

After dropping 15 pounds this summer, he gained something else – a new-found focus on the court.



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In the NBA it never pays to look ahead, but it is sometimes instructive to look back. The Phoenix Suns came into the TD Garden Friday night licking their wounds after an embarrassing loss to the Orlando Magic Wednesday night.



Rajon Rondo started looking more for his offense in the second half Wednesday night and sparked the Celtics' comeback against the Timberwolves. (AP)On Tuesday night, the Thunder forced the Lakers into overtime in an attempt to make a statement against the defending champions.



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Kevin Garnett and the Celtics took it to the Sixers and made it look easy Tuesday night.</p>
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Rajon Rondo can continue to grow as a member of the Celtics.</p>
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Once again, the spotlight shined on Rajon Rondo and his contract situation prior to Sunday’s game against the Hornets. Rondo's contract has been a focal point of the 2009-10 season. The Celtics have until Monday to reach a contract extension or Rondo will become a restricted free agent next summer.
 
Rondo made clear his hope to remain in Boston for his career, but acknowledged that it is “unlikely” that he will be able to do so given the reality of player movement in the NBA.
 



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Whenever the Celtics and Hornets meet, the most headlined match up is that of point guards Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul. On Sunday the battle was Paul vs. Paul, as in Paul Pierce vs. Chris Paul.
 



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The other night the Celtics were lamenting how much further they had to go before they could say that they had played a complete game. The offense was a step or two behind the defense, they said, and not yet operating at peak efficiency.