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Rondo getting the point of Paul and KG

03.17.10 at 11:16 pm ET
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No one – not even Doc Rivers – needs to remind Rajon Rondo just how important it is to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett playing at their peak come April.

Rondo knows if Pierce and Garnett play like they did on Wednesday, whether it’s the lowly Knicks or the mighty Cavs, the Celtics become a whole different beast.

Even with two early fouls, Pierce finished with 29 points and Garnett added 22. Most impressive were the open looks Rondo was getting the pair – one major reason Pierce made 11 of his 17 shots and Garnett 9-of-his-11.

‘€œI do [take pride in setting up],” Rondo said. “You know you can’t leave out Ray [Allen]. He’€™s a jump shooter, so you got to get them looks early. Paul and Kevin create their shots anytime on the court. Get them looks and transitions I think is key. Get them easy looks an going to the free throw lines, and aggressive. I think that both of those guys, talking to Paul and Kevin early on in the game.’€

After the game, Rivers said it was Rondo who stepped up his scoring when he could, getting to the basket and taking more open shots.

That’s all changed now and Rondo said he is more than happy to revert to just running the show and getting the team’s scorers involved.

‘€œWhen I feel like I need to score,” Rondo explained, “I try and do it but otherwise, you know we are rolling. Take shots that’€™s fine with me, as long as we win. Getting assists better for me than scoring.

‘€œFirst and for most. Everybody is back by now, and guys are playing well. Paul played well tonight. You we are winning so be it, regardless of the outcome of how many shots I take, as long as we win.’€

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