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11/17/2012 - 5:09pm
Rondo: 'MVP is in the picture'

After Rajon Rondo totaled 20 assists in 32 minutes during the Celtics' 107-89 victory against the Raptors, Jason Terry was the first to say, if they contend, the point guard's "going to get MVP votes."

"JT's on my side, so he's a little biased," said Rondo, who also extended his double-digit assist streak to 33 games, "but MVP is in the picture. I would like to be one day, but we've just got to keep winning. Who wouldn't be? That's the dream."

Terry scored a season-high 20 points, and Rondo assisted on six of his seven field goals. Likewise, Kevin Garnett netted 15 points, and Rondo assisted on five of his six makes. So, you can see why he would get his teammates' NBA MVP vote.

"Obviously, I'm going to be biased, because I play with him, and I see his growth and I see how hard he works, but when it comes to his presence on the game, that's hard," said Garnett. "That's up there with the modern...

11/17/2012 - 4:37pm
Patriots cut Branch, add Talib and Salas

The Patriots have released wide receiver Deion Branch and defensive back Malcolm Williams, and have added wide receiver Greg Salas and cornerback Aqib Talib to the 53-man roster. The 33-year-old Branch has nine catches on the season, his 11th in the league, while Williams has been up and down between the active roster and the practice squad throughout the course of the season.

The Patriots acquired Salas shortly before the start of the regular season, and the 24-year-old has spent the bulk of his time this year on the practice squad. Meanwhile, Talib was picked up in a trade with Tampa Bay earlier this season, and the 26-year-old has yet to play a game for the Patriots.

The news was first reported by Tom E. Curran of Comcast SportsNet.

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11/17/2012 - 2:55pm
Rondo leads Celtics to rout of Raptors

The Celtics bounced back from their loss in Brooklyn Thursday night to handle the Raptors, 107-89, Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.

Helping key the Celtics' win was Rajon Rondo, who returned to the lineup after missing the game against the Nets due to a right ankle sprain. Rondo extended his streak of 10 or more assists to 33 games, finishing with 20. The point guard played a team-high 32 minutes.

Carrying the lead from early on in the first quarter, the Celtics were able to limit the minutes of many of their starters. Kevin Garnett finished with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor in just 17 minutes, while Paul Pierce played 25 minutes, managing 19 points. Jason Terry led all scorers with a season-high 20 points, making seven of his 10 shots from the floor.

Off the bench, rookie Jared Sullinger had one of his better games as a pro, netting 12 points to go along with 11 rebounds.

Toronto did manage to close the Celtics' lead...

11/17/2012 - 2:22pm
Wilson (ankle) added to Pats' injury report

The Patriots announced Saturday that safety Tavon Wilson (ankle) has been added to the injury report as probable. The rookie out of Illinois is tied for the team lead with three interceptions on the season. The 6-foot, 210-pounder is one of four New England players who are listed as probable for Sunday's game, a group that includes wide receiver Julian Edelman (hand), defensive tackle Kyle Love (knee) and linebacker Jerod Mayo (elbow). For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


11/17/2012 - 12:06pm
Rivers: Rondo 'ready' to go against Raptors

Speaking to the media prior to his team's game against the Raptors Saturday, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Rajon Rondo is ready to go after missing Thursday night's game against the Nets due to a sprained right ankle.

"He looks fine," Rivers said. "He's good."

Rivers explained that it was more the decision of head trainer Ed Lacerte than the coaching staff on whether to play Rondo, saying, "Him and Eddie walked in this morning and said they're ready. And he's ready."

The Celtics' coach did, however, say that it will be evident if Rondo can make it through Saturday's entire game by watching his reactions on the court. The point guard -- who has a streak of 10 or more assists in 31 straight games -- hasn't played since leaving Wednesday's win over Utah.

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