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February 27, 2015 Updates

The next day the Mavericks suspended Rondo from Wednesday’s game in Atlanta without pay. Carlisle then said Rondo will be back at practice Friday and in the starting lineup Saturday when the Mavericks (39-21) host the Brooklyn Nets (23-32). “I think it should be over quick,” center Tyson Chandler said. “I think the communication between the two of them will be better because of this. No more walking on egg shells either way.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In recent private conversations with some of his most recent Celtics teammates, the word was strong that, while “he had his moments,” Rondo was not a divisive force around the club. Still, his removal altered the roster and the dressing room. Boston Herald

February 26, 2015 Updates

"If anything, it should make the team stronger," Mavs locker room leader Tyson Chandler said after Rondo served his one-game suspension in Wednesday's 104-87 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. "For one, it should make those two have better communication. They're not familiar with each other, so I think for the first couple of whatever all parties are tip-toeing. "Not against each other, but two guys who are competitors, who want to win, sometimes it's better that you have a little blowout. It lets you know that you're on the same page, that you want to win." ESPN.com

Rondo’s first coach in Boston, Doc Rivers, echoed similar sentiments about the incident. “It happens more, hopefully, in the locker room, but it happens,” Rivers, who now coaches the Los Angeles Clippers, told reporters on Wednesday. “They’re both winners. They’ll figure it out, I really believe that. Rick Carlisle has proven he’s a championship coach. Rondo has proven he’s a championship point guard. You have two champions. You just figure at some point, they’ll figure it out. The fact it was out in the open gives us all something to talk about.” CSNNE.com

February 25, 2015 Updates

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