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Rajon Rondo: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett return ‘just another game’

In between providing one-word answers about his current state of play, Celtics [1] captain Rajon Rondo [2] likewise shed little light on his expectations for Sunday’s Boston homecoming for Nets Paul Pierce [3] and Kevin Garnett [4].

“It’€™s just another game,” Rondo said after an 18-point loss to the Kevin Durant-less Thunder. “We need to win.”

Like his team’s record, which dropped to 15-30 after a 16th loss in 19 games, the point guard’s return from ACL surgery has been a work in little progress. As one member of the Celtics [1] organization said afterwards, Rondo was really only Rondo for one play. His minutes limit prevents him from getting into a rhythm, and as he said, “€œPlays I usually make, I’€™m not making right now, but I still feel positive and I’€™m OK with my progression right now.”

Here’s a sample of what was a typically tenuous Rondo interview after a 101-83 loss to Oklahoma City.

Do you feel like you’re more of yourself out there every game? “€œI’€™m getting there.”

Is it disappointing the way you guys came out tonight? “€œYeah.”

What happened? “€œWe didn’€™t get stops.”

How do you judge your progress? “I just take it one game at a time.”

Is there something you’re looking for? “€œYeah, but I don’€™t want to say.”