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Rondo is picking this defense apart like a vulture. And the Nets are a carcass.
Man, it's fun to watch Rondo pass the basketball again.
Rondo has six assists and zero shot attempts so he's in mid-season form.
This Rondo - Zeller 1-5 high PnR is going to be a lot of fun. Haven’t seen a lot of it in awhile.
Good sign was that the last play of the quarter was a slick 1-5 pick n roll that Zeller blew the tough layup on, but the pass was nice.
Colleague Steve Bulpett begins 30th season. Not true that he covered Cousy. Wait, says its true, and Cooze scored 20.
First quarter for Rondo: Five assists, no shot attempts. The old Rondo appears to be back.
The 10 man rotation looked as expected, with Smart and Turner checking in early and Bass & Thornton then following. Zeller got a quick peek.
The Celtics come out firing in the first and take a 32-23 lead into the second. Rondo's his old self with 5 assists. Olynyk has 9 points.
Scrapping my preseason prediction already. The Celtics will score 128 points a night and finish 82-0 this year. Write it down.
First quarter not yet over, and Stevens has already used 10 players.
Zeller comes in for last possession.
My 30th Celtic season opener on beat. First was 113-109 L at NJ Nets 10/25/85 when Walton called himself a disgrace to game of basketball.
Thornton starts at his usual pace. Two points in two minutes off a drive. Hollins immediately calls timeout.
Jeff Green has a team-high 4 rebounds in 7 minutes. This is not a drill!
Olynyk has 9 points in 8 minutes.
3-pointers were one story of the preseason. 3-for-5 from deep at the first media timeout counts as an obvious success.
Jeff Green got called for a foul there, but man, he's working hard on the glass. That would be a nice improvement if it continues.
Rondo exits after 5:37 with four assists. For a reference that makes no sense here, that's Brandon Bass' career high.
Backcourt platoons. Turner/Smart in for Rondo/Bradley. Rondo 4 assists in 5 minutes.
Rondo comes out nearly halfway through first quarter: 0 shot attempts, 4 assists
Jeff Green has 3 rebounds in first 4 mins. He obviously won't continue that pace, but if he hit the boards consistently, he'd be a star.
Big ovation was Smart checks in.
No big deal. Rondo just on pace for 38 assists.
Marcus Smart about to make his NBA debut.
Sad realization: Kelly Olynyk is guarding Kevin Garnett and it's not so much a mismatch.
We have our first hilariously easy rejection of the season and then our first tough Jeff Green 3 of the season.
Not gonna lie, it was weird to see KG doing the football-hike-after-the-tip thing with Deron Williams.
KG thumps his chest and waves to the adoring fans before tipoff. ... Yes, we are still in Boston.
Rondo addressed the crowd pregame. Told them to enjoy their night and drive home safely.
Rondo also gets monster ovation. Theyyyy'rreeee bacckkkkkk.
Garnett gets a huge ovation here at the TD Garden, as he should.
I'm surprised more players don't take the T. Have you ever tried to get to the Garden at rush hour?
Isaiah Austin on not being able to play basketball: "I'm still getting over it. I still miss the game every day of my life."
Isaiah Austin is being honored by the Celtics tonight. He called being in an NBA arena for opening night "amazing."
Isaiah Austin's new-found interest after playing basketball: video games. His favorite is Destiny.
Rondo on his pregame nap: "It was pretty long and then I woke up and was like 'I'm playing.'
Did RR take T to gm? "No." There's a pic "Oh, is that right? Then why'd you ask me that question? Giving away my transportation to the game"
What was the deciding factor in return? Rondo begins, "I felt (good) after my nap."
Q: Rondo did you take the T to the game? A: "No." Q: There's a picture A: "Oh, is that right? Then why did you ask me that question?"
Rondo on the famous nap: "Nap was pretty long. When I woke up, I was like, 'OK, I'm playing.'"
Rondo: "Nap was pretty long and when I woke up I was like, ‘OK, I’m playing.’
Celtics wearing typical road greens for home opener.
Evan Turner on Rondo: "one of my favorite guys as far as a team guy." Said he's always brought up Rondo as a cool guy in the league.
Evan Turner doesn't know how role will change with Rondo back: "that's the franchise guy. It's my job to fit in."
A look at Rondo's pad as he gets up shots: http://t.co/P9IP5Q9YjJ