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Rajon Rondo not 100 percent but good enough to make a statement vs. Sixers

Posted By Mike Petraglia On April 6, 2011 @ 12:08 am In General | 1 Comment

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After scoring 16 points and dishing out 13 assists in a 99-82 win over the Sixers Tuesday night at TD Garden, Rajon Rondo [1] said the Celtics [2] made a statement by shutting down the team they may face in the opening round of the playoffs.

‘€œTonight was a good test for us,” Rondo said. “That might be a first-round team and we did a good job of making a little statement that it’€™s going to be hard to beat us in a seven-game series.”

The Celtics trailed by two after one as Rondo’s counterpart – Jrue Holiday – had 11 points in the first quarter. Holiday was held scoreless the rest of the game. Now, the 54-23 Celtics prepare for the 57-20 Bulls in Chicago Thursday night with a chance to draw within two games of the Eastern Conference leaders.

“It’€™s a different game versus Chicago and Miami,” Rondo added. “Obviously, the intensity will be a lot greater but in the playoffs, the first round, there’€™s going to be a lot of intensity. We just want to win [against Chicago] because we’€™ll probably have to see those guys in the conference finals or whoever we may end up [with]. We just want to win the game [against the Bulls], Miami, tonight against Philly, we want to win every game the rest of the season.’€

As for his body, which includes a pair of sore feet and a banged up pinky, Rondo says he’ll have time in the summer to get back to full strength. Right now, his focus is getting ready for a playoff run. He was asked -point blank – if he felt healthier now as the playoffs approach.

“No, I’€™m pretty much the same,” Rondo said. “We haven’€™t played as many back-to-backs. Just getting a little bit more rest, taking better care of my body, lifting more. I wouldn’€™t say I’€™m feeling 100 percent but I’€™m doing OK.’€


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