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State of the Celtics: Rondo coming on strong, Babb gets second contract

Chris Babb (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics have been streaky of late over the past two weeks. After two loses at home to the Indiana Pacers and the Golden State Warriors, they won two against the Brooklyn  and the Detroit Pistons at the Garden. The Celtics have lost two in a row, including a close game at the Pacers and a blowout without Rondo at TD Garden against the New York Knicks.

The green team is looking like a high draft pick candidate, but with 17 games left the Celtics could find themselves higher than tied for fourth in the lottery standings.

Rondo looking good, but still not playing back-to-back contests

The all-star point guard has had some pretty great games over the last two weeks, including a contest with 11 points and 18 assists against the Pistons on Sunday. In the game before against the Nets, he hit 3-of-6 from three-point range and finished with 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

The 28-year-old still is recovering from his ACL injury and Danny Ainge recently said that Rondo likely won’t be playing the second game of back-to-backs at all this season. This does not hurt his value and with his free-agency period just around the corner after next season, Rondo should benefit from regular rest.

Chris Babb inks second 10-day deal

Babb might not be a stud at the guard position, but he is another body that the Celtics can rely on down the stretch. With 2.2 points per game and 1.3 rebounds, the 24-year-old out of Iowa State still has a lot to prove in the NBA. That’s why this second 10-day contract is a benefit for both sides.

Babb has received fewer and fewer minutes since his 24-minute game against the Warriors with only seven minutes against the Knicks with only one shot attempt. If Babb hopes to stay with the Celtics, then he needs Brad Stevens to put him in more over the next seven days; starting with tonight against the Phoenix Suns.

Looking Forward

The Celtics have four games over the next week, including games at New Orleans and Dallas and a game at the Garden against the Heat.

Prediction: 1-3

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