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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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...
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. ...
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."
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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.
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We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
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We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
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Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk chat with Tom Curran about the Patriots declining Vince Wilfork's option and the status of Darrelle Revis.
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McPhee joined Dennis, Callahan and Minihane to give a first hand account of the proceedings inside the courtroom during the trial of the Boston bomber.
Peirre McGuire of NBC Sports to talk about the snake-bit Bruins and their chances of making the playoffs. Pierre then weighs in the idea of Christian Fauria playing goalie
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Michael, Dale and Jerry reflect on the career of Vince Wilfork with the Patriots, and wonder if it's really final... whether there's any chance at all that Vince could return to the Patriots.
Michael and Jerry talk about the Celts win last night, and a great play drawn up by Brad Stevens for the win.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how losing Wilfork's salary cap hit might be part of a bigger plan to hang on to Darrelle Revis and others.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
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