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Rondo’s All-Star game plan

02.12.10 at 7:02 am ET
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This weekend, Rajon Rondo will be making his NBA All-Star team debut representing the East. He learned a lot from his trip to the 2008 All-Star Weekend as a member of the Rookie-Sophomore game ‘€” ‘€œIt’€™s a lot of work, really,’€ he said. ‘€œThere’€™s not as much free time as you think’€ ‘€” and is ready for Dallas.

Dressed to Impress: In addition to the game, All-Star Weekend is filled with events that draw the “who’€™s who” of the NBA.

‘€œI’€™m sure everybody’€™s going to be in their best, probably. I try to dress my best all the time, but I’€™ll just have fun with it, I guess. I’€™m definitely big on my appearance but I look forward to just packing and probably taking a long time to pack. I’€™ll pick out what I want and I’€™ll probably overpack. I usually do that on the road trips so, so I’€™m sure with All-Star Weekend I’€™ll probably overpack.’€

Red Carpet Must-Have: Flashy suits aren’€™t Rondo’€™s thing. It’€™s all about what’€™s on his wrist.

‘€œProbably a nice watch, really. Clothing, I mean that’€™s just pretty much is what it is, but a nice watch probably sets the outfit off right. A nice ‘€” I wouldn’€™t say expensive ‘€” but a nice, casual timepiece. [My dream watch is] a Patek Philippe. I have a couple of IWCs, a couple of Bell & Rosses, I have a Breitling. Probably a Patek Philippe.’€

Undercover Kicks: Rondo won’€™t reveal just yet which sneakers he’€™ll be sporting for the All-Star Game.

‘€œNike will provide me with them. I think I’€™m going to have two, but I think I pretty much know which ones I’€™m going to be wearing. They’€™re low-cuts, that’€™s about all I can really say. I can’€™t really describe them. I’€™ve played in them already, but they’€™re not All-Star colors.’€

Cheering Section: Friends and family of No. 9 will be making a trip to Dallas.

‘€œEverybody ‘€” brother, sister, high school coach, cousins, friends I haven’€™t seen in 17 years ‘€¦ I actually only reserved like eight [tickets], but I don’€™t know if I’€™m going to get all eight.’€

Hitting the Gift Shop: There’€™s just one souvenir Rondo wants for himself from All-Star Weekend.

‘€œI’€™m sure they’€™ll have all the souvenirs, I probably won’€™t get much. As long as I get my jersey, that’€™s all I pretty much need. Put the jersey in the house and put it in frame, but other than that, I’€™ll bring other people other stuff. Maybe hats, T-shirts, socks, practice gear.’€

Dunking Predictions: This year a rookie has caught Rondo’€™s eye to take the Slam Dunk trophy.

‘€œI’€™ve got to go with [DeMar] DeRozan, if he gets in. He’€™s pretty athletic, he’€™s a rookie, something new, nobody’€™s ever seen him dunk before. Maybe he’€™s got something crazy.’€

Showing His Support: Rondo plans to be front and center when Paul Pierce competes in the Three-Point Shootout.

‘€œI’€™ll probably be baseline with a 34 jersey on. ‘€œ

The Celtics’ Tweeting Machine

02.11.10 at 1:53 pm ET
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Fast Break: Celtics vs. Hornets

02.10.10 at 10:34 pm ET
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At what point does a string of bad performances become a problem that can’t be fixed? At what point does the Celtics uninspired second-half play inspire Danny Ainge to do something to change the mix?

Ainge was a guest on The Big Show hours before the Celtics collapsed (again) in the third quarter of a 93-85 loss to the Hornets Wednesday night and said he was, “not ready to blow it up.” [Click here for a full transcript]. If the Magic breakdown wasn’t enough to change Ainge’s mind, was this one?

There’s a week to go before the trade deadline and the Celtics have shown few signs of breaking out of their funk, which has now stretched to 23 games. The Celtics are 10-13 over that span. Is that the real Celtics, or is it the team that started the season winning 22 of the first 27 games? That’s the question Ainge has to answer, and time is running out.

Player of the Game: Darren Collison. The Hornets rookie who was starting in place of the injured Chris Paul routinely broke down the Celtics defense with dribble penetration and finished with 25 points and nine assists. When Collison wasn’t getting into the paint, he killed them with his pull-up jump shot.

Turning Point: Once again the Celtics collapse started with a sluggish offense and carried over to a lackluster defensive effort. The Celtics actually held serve with the Hornets until the 7:26 mark of the third quarter. That was when Morris Peterson and Peja Stojakovic began to heat up from behind the arc. The 3-point barrage was eerily similar to the Magic game, as was the Celtics lack of an answer on offense.

* Ray Allen was scratched about an hour before the game with back spasms. It was the first game Allen has missed this season.

* The Celtics started off hot, but the Hornets got hotter making eight of their first 10 shots.The C’s also turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter.

* The second unit rode to the rescue, at least momentarily, with an inspired effort. With all five starters on the bench, the reserves opened up a nine-point lead in the second quarter. They did most of their damage down low as Glen Davis (nine points) and Rasheed Wallace (eight points) took advantage of mismatches against the Hornets reserve big men.

* Eddie House and Marquis Daniels also played the entire quarter ahead of starters Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen.

* Paul Pierce did play despite pain in his left foot. After 13 points in the first half, Pierce scored just two points in the second.

* The Celtics made just 3-of-13 free throws during a stretch of the second half.

* Daniels and Wallace were the only Celtics who played strong games. They combined for 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

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Celtics vs. Hornets: Third quarter wrap

02.10.10 at 9:57 pm ET
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The Celtics starters came out with better energy to start the second half, but worse execution. The Hornets began to chip away at the lead as Morris Peterson and Peja Stojakovic heated up from 3-point range, giving this game the familiar feel of the Orlando nightmare from over the weekend.

Doc Rivers went to his bench earlier than usual in an attempt to change the flow of the game, but the Hornets kept making shots. The Celtics also missed six straight free throws, which didn’t help the cause. When it was over, New Orleans had outscored the Celtics, 29-12 and taken a 72-67 lead.

They have 12 minutes to turn this thing around, or face a host of uncomfortable questions over the next week.

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Celtics vs. Hornets: Halftime wrap

02.10.10 at 9:12 pm ET
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After an opening quarter in which the Celtics turned the ball over nine times, the second unit rode to the rescue with an inspired effort. With all five starters on the bench, the reserves opened up a nine-point lead, which became a 55-43 edge at the break.

The Celtics did much of their damage down low as Glen Davis (nine points) and Rasheed Wallace (eight points) took advantage of mismatches against the Hornets reserve big men. Eddie House and Marquis Daniels also played the entire quarter ahead of Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen. Paul Pierce leads the Celtics with 13 points.

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Celtics vs. Hornets: First quarter wrap

02.10.10 at 8:41 pm ET
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The Celtics started off hot, but the Hornets got hotter making eight of their first 10 shots in a back-and-forth first quarter that ended with New Orleans holding a 29-27 lead. Playing without Ray Allen, who was sent back to the team hotel with bask spasms, the Celtics turned the ball over nine times.

Paul Pierce did play, however, and he led the Celtics with nine points. Rookie Darren Collison and big man David West each scored eight points for the Hornets. New Orleans coach Jeff Bower picked up a technical foul in the opening minutes.

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Danny Ainge on The Big Show: We’re going to try to do something

02.10.10 at 5:24 pm ET
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Danny Ainge joined Glenn Ordway and The Big Show to talk about trade rumors, Kevin Garnett’s health, what he thought about while watching the Magic go on a 19-0 run and more trade rumors.

There have been new trade rumors since the last time we talked. What about this Glen Davis to Charlotte rumor? Any truth?

Any truth to what? That he’s going to Charlotte? No.

Any truth to it?

None. I haven’t had any discussions with Charlotte.

You have had zero conversations with Charlotte?

Right, I haven’t had any conversation with Charlotte. There was speculation that they were looking for 4 and we were looking for a backup [point guard]. People try to put things together, but I have not had conversations. I like the player mentioned in the trade rumor [D.J. Augustin] but we like Glen Davis a lot, too.

The fact that rumors get out there, do you get more calls from other teams when rumors get out there?

Well, there’s so much media people so there’s so many distractions. People from the media try to verify every rumor.

No, that’s not what I meant. Other teams?

No, it does not instigate more calls. Maybe something bigger might, but no. It has not.

What was your feeling watching the Magic go on a 19-0 run? Did it disturb you?

Yeah, it’s frustrating to watch because it didn’t feel like we wanted to fight through it. The NBA is a game of runs. When a team is hot that’s one thing. But when you’re giving up easy baskets and then not doing what it takes to execute. You’re not paying the price. We all go through offensive droughts during the course of game but I just didn’t feel like there was any fight in getting back in the game. I think our guys are resting on their past experiences and think they can turn it on and win games. I’m not saying they’re making conscious decisions to do that, but that’s just the way it appears. Read the rest of this entry »

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