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Rondo has seen it all before

WALTHAM — As is his style, Rajon Rondo [1] completely underplayed the possibility that LeBron James [2] wants a piece of him for Game 5 in Cleveland on Tuesday. At least, on defense.

Even more, Rondo took the chance to show he can play history teacher, too.

‘€œIt’€™s happened before,” Rondo said in recalling the 2008 NBA Finals [3]. “LeBron is going to be LeBron. He’€™s a great help-defender so he’€™s definitely going to be helping. He’€™s a good defender. They did that a couple of years ago when Kobe was checking me in the Finals. So, I’€™m used to bigger guys giving me the shot and challenging me late because of their wingspan. But [Anthony] Parker [4], is 6-7, 6-6, he’€™s not LeBron but he’€™s similar. He’€™s not a first-team All Defense but he’€™s a good defender.

‘€œIt really doesn’€™t matter about the matchups. Obviously, a big thing in the playoffs is the matchups, but for me, I don’€™t really care who’€™s guarding me. I’€™m still going to run our offense and our system. We run our sets on offense through Paul, Ray and Kevin.’€

But Rondo isn’t as worried about who guards him Tuesday as he is the final result. A win and Rondo and the Celtics [5] could clinch on home court Thursday night.

‘€œEach game you say is the most important game of the series, which is true,” he said. “Game 5 is the biggest game for us right now. There can be a momentum swing. The series has been up and down. I think each game is won, loss, won, loss so hopefully we can change it up and get two wins in a row.

‘€œThe pressure is on them now and also on us. So there’€™s no one-way street now as far as to where the pressure is. I’€™m fairly confident we can go into Cleveland and get a win. We definitely have to be focused.’€

As for getting Paul Pierce [6] started, Rondo said he’ll do what he can but he knows his captain won’t force things.

‘€œWe don’€™t want to sacrifice the entire offense or the team just to get Paul involved,” he said. “Paul is just an unselfish player so he’€™s not complaining about shots or that he’€™s only scoring 11 or 12 points. As long as we’€™re winning, he knows it’€™s a team sport. He’€™s very unselfish. It’€™s about sacrifices. Yesterday, I think Ray [Allen [7]] got 21 shots up and myself. Maybe Paul gets 22 shots and maybe Ray and I only shoots four. It varies each game. If a guy has it going, you keep going to him.’€