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11/26/2010 - 11:55pm
Returning Rondo: 'I was rusty'

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo admitted he wasn't completely back to his old form but said he felt good being back on the court for the first time since suffering a strained left hamstring. Rondo played 35 minutes in Boston's 110-101 win over the Toronto Raptors Friday night at TD Garden. 

 

"I was rusty," Rondo said. "Guys made shots in the first quarter. We got some easy looks from my teammates. My timing was a little off for me. But I feel fine."

 

But as for his eight assists in the first quarter and 14 for the game, Rondo said he felt like he was seeing the court very well. 

 

"I was in the zone passing the ball," said Rondo, who added the extended minutes took its toll afterward. "Tired. I hadn't played in a week. Playing 35 minutes, I was trying to sit the fourth [quarter]."

 

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11/26/2010 - 11:48pm
Ryan: Belichick 'going to get my best shot'

Speaking at his daily press conference, Jets head coach Rex Ryan reiterated that while he believes his Patriots counterpart, Bill Belichick, should be considered tops among NFL coaches, it won't stop New York from believing it will come out on top when the Jets face off with the Pats a week from Monday. 

 

"I pride myself on being a good football coach," said Ryan, who is 2-1 against Belichick. "With the guys that I have around us, I feel confident. But I'm still not in Bill Belichick's class, and I know that. But I know one thing: He's going to get my best shot."

 

Friday, Ryan -- who sarcastically said regarding the Patriots after his team's win over the Bengals Thursday night, "Clearly, they're the best team in football. That's what all the experts say -- except me" -- went on to relay the Jets' confidence heading into the showdown, which will decide who will reside atop the AFC...

11/26/2010 - 10:01pm
Good return: Rondo leads C's over Raptors

Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 26 points while Rajon Rondo returned to the starting lineup from a strained left hamstring to dish out 14 assists as the Celtics held off the Toronto Raptors, 110-101, Friday night at TD Garden. 

 

Rondo played 35 minutes in his first game back since injuring his hamstring last Friday night against Oklahoma City. The point guard thrilled the sellout crowd with several great passes, including alley-oops to Shaquille O'Neal and Garnett. He missed three games and the Celtics were 2-1 in his absence. 

 

The Celtics built big leads twice, up by 14 in the second quarter and 22 in the third quarter, only to have the Raptors charge back, thanks to the sharpshooting of Jose Calderon and Peja Stojakovic, who were a combined 5-of-6 from long range. Toronto drew to within six, 99-93, with just over five minutes left, scoring 26 points in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter.  ...

11/26/2010 - 7:05pm
Rondo gets the start for Celtics

BOSTON - Doc Rivers met with the media before Friday's Celtics-Raptors contest and was asked about the potential availability of Rajon Rondo, who has missed the club's last three games with a sore left hamstring. Rivers cautioned that he could "change his mind," but believed the NBA's assist leader will be in the lineup. As it turns out, Rondo was in the starting lineup, along with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kevin Garnett.

 

"He's passed every test," said Rivers of Rondo, who participated in Friday's shootaround.  "The only thing I gave Eddie [Lacerte] and Rondo is that he had to be 100 percent and he is. I told him most likely, but I haven't made up my mind yet. But he'll probably play."

 

For more Celtics news visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.

 

 


11/26/2010 - 2:17pm
Boo birds, not turkey: Bruins blanked
By: DJ Bean

Cam Ward dazzled and the the Bruins' penalty kill was uncharacteristically poor as the Hurricanes shut out the B'sat TD Garden on Friday. 

 

The Hurricanes got power-play goals from Jeff Skinner, Tuomo Ruutu, and Jussi Jokinen in the first, second, and third periods, respectively. It was the first time this season that the Bruins, who entered the game with the league's top penalty kill, allowed three power-play goals. 

 

The B's outshot Carolina, 37-20, though Ward was able to stop every shot he saw, robbing the likes of Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin. The loss dropped the Bruins' record to 12-7-2, while Tim Thomas saw his record fall to 11-2-1. The Bruins are now 4-5-2 in home games, including the season-opener in Prague.

 

For more on the Bruins, visit their team page at weei.com/bruins.  

 

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