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Athletes react, send well-wishes to Rajon Rondo on Twitter 01.28.13 at 9:58 am ET
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Following the news that Celtics guard Rajon Rondo tore his right ACL, ending his season, fellow athletes weighed in on the injury on Twitter. Below are some of the tweets.

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Poll: With no Rajon Rondo, what should Celtics do? 01.27.13 at 6:58 pm ET
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The Celtics are marching through the rest of the 2012-13 season without Rajon Rondo, with the point guard lost for the season due to a torn ACL in his right knee.

Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell gave their opinion on the latest ‘OT with Grande and Max Podcast.’

Doc Rivers offered his take.

So, what do you think?

What should the Celtics do now?

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Ray Allen ‘will deal with whatever emotions are’ in TD Garden Sunday 01.27.13 at 8:00 am ET
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LeBron James doesn’€™t anticipate a warm reception for Ray Allen from the TD Garden crowd Sunday afternoon.

‘€œI don’€™t expect it to be good,’€ James told the Miami Herald. ‘€œIf you don’€™t wear green in that building, they don’€™t like you. We’€™re there for him.’€

Allen ‘€“ the guard who spurned the Celtics‘€™ two-year, $12 million offer in favor of the Heat’€™s two-year, $6 million deal – isn’€™t quite sure what to expect.

‘€œI will deal with whatever emotions there are,’€ he told the newspaper. ‘€œYou never know until you get there. Regardless of how they respond to me, it won’€™t change how I feel. I have great memories.’€

Allen is coming off the bench for the Heat, playing nine fewer minutes per game than a year ago (to 25.5 mpg). He is also averaging a career-low 11.4 points per game. The guard is, however, shooting better than his career average, both from the field (45.8 percent) and on threes (44.3 percent).

‘€œI’€™ve moved on, but who I was as a Celtic will always be inside of me,’€ he told the newspaper. ‘€œI look back and think about all the great times that we had. I will always cherish those moments there.’€

Added Miami teammate Dwyane Wade, ‘€œWe just want to play well for him.’€

For a complete preview of Sunday’s game, click here.

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Celtics blow 27-point lead against Hawks on way to sixth-straight loss 01.25.13 at 10:50 pm ET
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The Celtics blew a 27-point first-half lead, eventually dropping a double-overtime, 123-111 loss to the Hawks in Atlanta. It was the Celts’€™ sixth-straight defeat.

According to Celtics’€™ play-by-play announcer Sean Grande the C’€™s had won 153 straight games when leading by more than 19 points, having last blown a lead as much as 27 points on Dec. 5, 2003 in Phoenix.

The Celts, who had jumped out to a 29-10 lead after one quarter, finally succumbed to the affects of playing back-to-back games, being out-scored, 16-4, in the second overtime. The visitors were also outscored 21-2 to start the third quarter.

‘€œI thought it changed once we put the starters in with about five minutes left in the second quarter,’€ Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters after the game, adding, ‘€œI told our guys you can’€™t win without humility. ‘€¦ We started breaking rules you can’€™t break in grade school.’€

Both Kevin Garnett and Jared Sullinger fouled out, with Garnett playing 38 minutes (scoring 24 points), while the rookie failed to score 24 minutes.

Rajon Rondo did manager a triple-double, scoring 16 points, dishing out 11 assists and hauling in 10 rebounds. The Celtics’€™ bench also produced with the combination of Jeff Green, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry teamed for 45 points.

Atlanta exposed the Celtics from beyond the three-point line, with Kyle Korver making 8-of-12 from beyond the arc.

‘€œIt’€™s me,’€ Rivers said. ‘€œI have to figure out a way to push buttons with each individual. ‘€¦ I keep telling myself and telling my coaches we have the right group. But we have to act right.’€

For a complete recap, click here.

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Doc Rivers rips Celtics after latest loss: ‘We’re taking the wrong approach’ 01.21.13 at 2:25 am ET
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After the Celtics suffered a 103-88 blowout loss to the Pistons in Detroit on Sunday night, coach Doc Rivers blasted his team for its lack of intensity and effort. He hinted at changes to either the lineup or the roster if the team continues the dispassionate play that the coach suggested had characterized not just the team’s three straight losses but even some of the victories towards the end of a six-game winning streak that preceded the current string of defeats.

“I think this team wants everything easy,” Rivers told reporters in Detroit after the Celtics fell back to .500 at 20-20. “They want the easy way out. They want to win easy. And I told them the only way you’re going to win easy is you’re going to have to play hard. The harder you play, the easier the games become. We’re taking the wrong approach. I’ve got to either find the right combination, the right guys, or we’re going to get some guys out of here. It’s the bottom line. Because this group right now, they are not playing right. It’s in them to play right. But right now they haven’t been — either because I’m not getting to them, or they are not getting to each other. But at the end of the day, either we’ve got to do that, or we’ve got to make changes.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Running on fumes: Celtics sputter against Pistons 01.20.13 at 10:14 pm ET
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Despite the return of guard Avery Bradley to the starting lineup, the Celtics lost their third straight game as the starting lineup endured a dreadful performance, falling in Detroit to the Pistons, 103-88. The quintet of Bradley, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass shot a woeful 17-of-48 from the field while combining to score just 40 points.

Rondo had just eight points on 4-of-16 shooting, and though he had nine rebounds and 15 assists, he also matched a career high by turning over the ball nine times. Garnett and Courtney Lee led the Celtics with 16 points each.

The Pistons featured a balanced attack with six players scoring at least 13 points, with Andre Drummond leading the way with 16 points off the bunch. Center Greg Monroe added 15 points and 11 rebounds in 38 minutes.

With the loss, the Celtics dropped back to 20-20, including a 7-12 road record. They will now travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

For a game recap, click here. For more Celtics coverage, visit weei.com/celtics.

Avery Bradley gets an unexpected start for Celtics 01.20.13 at 8:40 pm ET
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Celtics guard Avery Bradley, who missed Friday’s game against the Bulls with a rib injury, was back in the Celtics lineup on Sunday night in Detroit against the Pistons. His presence among the starting five came as something of a surprise, given that coach Doc Rivers had suggested that the third-year player was doubtful for Sunday.

Entering Sunday, Bradley was averaging 8.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game. The Celtics are 6-2 in his first eight games.

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