After his fifth triple-double of the season and 18th of his career, Rajon Rondo spoke like a point guard who feels confident he can lead his team deep in the NBA playoffs, even against the powerhouses like the Heat and Bulls.
"I think when we have at least four or five guys healthy, we follow the game plan," Rondo said after his 16-point, 14-assist, 11-rebound performance in Boston's 91-72 spanking of Miami Sunday at TD Garden. "But when I'm healthy, I think we can probably beat anybody."
Last year, Rondo suffered a grotesque dislocation of his left elbow in Game 3 against the Heat. The Celtics won that game but lost the Eastern semifinals four games to one.
Rondo said he does not pay particular attention to the national spotlight, despite the fact that 14 of his career 18 triple-doubles have come on national TV.
"I think my teammates put a spotlight on me more than the media or the televised...
Rajon Rondo recorded his fifth triple-double of the season and 18th of his career as the Celtics handed LeBron James and the Heat their worst loss of the season, 91-72, Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. Rondo had 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who won their fifth straight to maintain a one-game lead over the 76ers in the Atlantic Division.
The Heat came in with the second-best record in the East, 37-13, but were overmatched from the onset by Rondo and the Celtics. Paul Pierce finished with 23 for the Celtics, who improve to 30-22. LeBron James had 23 points but was held without an assist for just the second time in his career.
Early on, Rondo continued his brilliant play on national television in his career, making his first four shots from the floor, including a 3-pointer. He had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists in the first six minutes of the game as he picked apart the heart of the Miami defense. ...
Mickael Pietrus was able to visit his teammates before they played the Heat on Sunday afternoon at the Garden, but he isn't likely to return to the court anytime soon. Pietrus has been out with what coach Doc Rivers called a grade-3 concussion, which is the most severe type of concussion.
"This was his first day, I think, of venturing out into the light," Rivers said. "He’s going to come in and say hi to the guys and then we’re going to try to get him back in the car and get him back home. He’s not responding very well."
Rivers said the team hasn't started the baseline tests that Pietrus needs to be cleared by the NBA and there is no definitive timetable.
"I wouldn’t be surprised if he played next week. I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t see him. I just don’t know," Rivers said. "With that injury I don’t think anyone really knows now. When I played it...
For the third straight game Ray Allen tried to go through his presume shooting routine only to remain out with an ankle injury.
"He went through shootaround, it just didn’t feel like moving," coach Doc Rivers said. "We’re surprised a little bit, but you could see him moving around, he’s just not ready to play. We’re hoping. We have two days off after today and so hopefully by Wednesday [when they play the Spurs] he’ll be on the floor."
Allen hasn't played since March 22 against Milwaukee. The Celtics have gone 4-1 and have won the last four games with Avery Bradley in the starting lineup.
"He literally, can’t play," Rivers said. "He wants to play and we want him to play. But he’s just not ready to play."
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According to a major league source, Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey is dealing with right thumb soreness that could result in a season-opening stint on the disabled list. The Red Sox are still gathering information on the injury as they determine how to proceed with the pitcher.
UPDATE: Bailey, who was in the Red Sox dugout during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, will fly to Boston on Monday to have his thumb examined. The Red Sox, manager Bobby Valentine told reporters, do not know how the pitcher incurred the injury.
The right-hander has pitched in six Grapefruit League games this spring, most recently on March 25, allowing three runs in six innings while striking out seven and walking two. He most recently pitched in a competitive environment on March 28, logging 1 2/3 innings in a minor league game. At that time, Bailey told reporters he was "ready to roll" for the April 5 season opener in Detroit, but...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.
Brady lawyer, Ted Olson, speaks about the latest Deflategate news on GMA and Gerry reads Larry King's latest Kings Things.
Ortiz, Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr are all MVP candidates. Chili Davis should be too.
The guys start off the show talking about the latest Deflategate news and recap a full weekend of Red Sox action against the Indians.
Joe Kelly threw 6.2 no-hit innings in his first start since returning from the DL on Saturday, and Lou gets very exciting thinking about Joe Kelly and his potential.
DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL PA spoke out about why Tom Brady and his team are filing another appeal, and the guys break down what the latest Deflategate news means for Brady going forward.
We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.
We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics options with the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft, plus talk a little NBA semi-finals as we await word on whether Draymond Green will be suspended.
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Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
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