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Celtics Four-Point Play (1/31)

Here’s the Celtics Four-Point Play to appear every Wednesday (Thursday this time) on Sports of Boston. This is where I will compile four (4) small and related Celtics facts and offer my own spin on a variety of Celtics news stories. The general format will be a short blurb about the story first, then my reaction tabbed underneath it.

1. Kevin Garnett has missed the last two games with an abdominal strain, and is listed day-to-day. He will likely rest in the Celtics game thursday against the Mavericks.

  • I really would love to combat the Mavs with our best weapon of all, Kevin Garnett. I really wanted a true measure of how the Celtics can play against the West’s elite. Now, Dirk Nowitzki could have free reign in the post, which probably will hurt the Celtics. Kendrick Perkins needs to come up huge.
  • Now, if the Celtics win, I don’t know if there can be doubt that the Celtics are the best team in the NBA, to be able to win without Kevin Garnett and maybe a sick Ray Allen.

2. Apparently, talks between the Celtics and free agent point guard Damon Stoudamire are fading fast.

  • Point guard Rajon Rondo has played well as of late, perhaps in attempt to dispell rumors that the Celtics desperately need a backup point guard. I think Ainge disagrees with that assertion, and I bet he will be shopping for a point guard over the next few weeks.
  • My guess is that Ainge is waiting for someone like Sam Cassell, who’s wasting away with the L.A. Clippers. Rumors are that they are trying to trade him, but if that won’t work they’ll likely just buy him out (just like Stoudamire). Cassell still has gas in the tank and is a great veteran option who has a significant amount of playoff experience. Gary Payton’s just resting at home too…

3. The C’s cancelled practice for Thursday after the C’s demolition of the Heat on Tuesday. With Garnett (abs), Tony Allen (eye), Rondo (ankle) and Ray Allen (flu) all banged up, Doc opted to give the team a rest instead.

  • This really makes sense considering they have a tough opponent coming up in the Mavs. Being healthy is way more important for a game like this than an extra practice. I mean, we’re talkin bout practice here…right AI?
  • I would imagine that Rondo, Tony Allen, and hopefully Ray Allen will be in the lineup against the Mavs. We will see…

4. Rajon Rondo was invited to join the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam on All-Star Weekend. Rondo will be joining LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy, Daniel Gibson, Jordan Farmar, Rudy Gay, Andrea Bargnani, Ronnie Brewer and Paul Millsap on the Sophomore team.

  • It’s a nice honor for Rondo, and well deserved. He’s the starting point guard for the team with the NBA’s best record (35-8). That alone should get him there. He’s held his job playing with 3 superstars and he’s done it well. It helps that he’s the only “true” point guard ready to play now for the Celts, but he still deserves credit.
  • His perimeter defense has been very good this season, and his shot is continuing to improve. Normally hard on him, I’m pretty pleased with his progress. He won’t turn into Jason Kidd in one season. He may be there one day though…

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