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Shabazz Muhammad is averaging 12.4 points this season. He has 19 halfway through the 3rd quarter.
Early thoughts here: basketball's a lot more fun with Rajon Rondo.
With Rondo gone, Avery Bradley has four assists early in third quarter. Had not notched more than two in any game this season.
The Klynyk continues! Olynyk scores a game-high 14 in the 1st half to go w/ 4 rebs, 2 asts. The C's lead Minny 53-48 http://t.co/Fvqltyvcjh
Wright has one thing in common with Marcus Thornton. Both have had great moments against the Celtics. Red Sox used to always trade this way.
Smart ready to lead, gets a tech from the bench.
Celtics jerseys here tonight: Rondo, Pierce, Allen
Main reason Rondo was traded: Kelly Olynyk, passer extraordinaire.
The Celtics are on top of the Timberwolves 27-24 after the first. Olynyk won't slow down, as he dropped 11 points and 3 boards in the first.
Kelly Olynyk's doing things again, guys.
Olynyk continues to play well off the bench: 6 points (3/4 FG), 3 rebounds in 4 minutes
Wiggins off to a rough start in first game in Boston: 0/5 FG in 8 minutes
The Celtics first two assists in the post-Rondo era are from Zeller and Sullinger.
Danny Ainge on the emotions of trading Rajon Rondo: http://t.co/VV7yGv2QzO
Predictions: Who will be the first Celtic to get a triple-double since Rondo?
At least one Rondo vs. Westbrook playoff series NEEDS to happen.
Evan Turner gets the start. Smart will come off the bench.
Rondo: "I'm looking forward to trying to win a championship as fast as possible and trying to keep this team together."
Cuban on re-signing Rondo: "We're past the days of rent-a-player."
Cuban says he wants to keep Rondo on the Mavs. Rondo said he's "optimistic" about the situation in Dallas.
Mark Cuban on Rondo: "We want to earn his desire to stay here. ... We're going to do everything possible to keep him here forever."
Mark Cuban on Rondo's future: "We are beyond the days of rent-a-player. We want him to be here a long time."
Dwight Powell, out of context: "I'm not sure about the Linsanity comparisons." Neither am I, man.
Cuban talked to Michael Finley about Rondo before the trade. Blast from the past.
Cuban joked the Mavericks "finally got Dwight."
Rondo said he's "fired up and ready to go" to play with future Hall of Famers and for a contender again.
Rondo on last 2 years: "It's very challenging. ... To get back to that situation (with future Hall of Famers) I'm fired up and ready to go."
Carlisle said the Mavs had to give up "a lot" to get Rondo from the Celtics, but thinks it was worth it.
Carlisle said Stevens and Ainge called Rondo a relentless worker, a winner and one of the best competitors they've ever been around.
Q: Rondo why did you choose to come to Dallas? A: “Well, it wasn’t my decision.” (laughter)
More Rondo on Mavericks: "I think I can help complete this team." He added, "Every night I'm going to have to bring it."
At press conference Rondo says he thinks he can help complete the Mavs
Rajon Rondo at his press conference in Dallas: http://t.co/PRdBiOoPSN
Rondo on Mavericks: "Obviously I'm very excited. ... I'm very grateful for (Boston) but I'm very excited to be here."
Does Ainge consider moving Green and Bass now? "Let's just take a deep breath and enjoy the holidays." Not active now but open to chances.
Ainge on market: Every good team has a point guard of this quality
Ainge: "drafting Marcus did not make this inevitable."
Ainge on the emphasis on draft picks: "They're always tradable. Most of the best players you acquire generally are through the draft."
"It was an emotional time as we met last night." - Danny Ainge
Ainge: Rondo and I have talked a lot about these trades in the past. We didn’t talk a lot during this one. Met at the facility last night.
Ainge: "I loved watching Rajon." Said he enjoyed watching him grow up. "It was an emotional time as we met last night."
Ainge: "We'll have a lot of cap space which the Celtics have never had. But it was hard. It's a biz but you develop personal relationships."
Ainge: "we clearly gave up the best player in this trade which is not something we philosophically like to do."
Ainge: "Rajon was a terrific player. I enjoyed watching him for the last 9 years. Time will tell... how these players fit in our system."
Ainge on trading Rondo: "There was definitely uncertainty about (being able to re-sign him) this summer. So that was a factor."