Celtics Notes: Rondo, Bradley, Thornton

Although he is known for his passing, the Celtics are better when Rajon Rondo is shooting more, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Boston has strung together three straight wins since coach Brad Stevens talked to Rondo last week about not being passive or being content with letting the game come to him. “When Rondo’s aggressive, I think our team is better,” said Jeff Green. “When he’s shooting open shots and also getting guys in transition, hitting them, that’s when we’re at our best.”

There’s more from Beantown:

  • Brad Stevens told Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com that he likes the risk-taking attitude displayed by Avery Bradley late in Sunday’s win over the Wizards. With 19 seconds remaining on the shot clock and 37 seconds left in the game, Bradley hit a contested shot that gave Boston a two-possession lead. “I thought it was — fading a little bit into the corner, kind of off one foot — it wasn’t exactly how you draw it up, but, hey, maybe we should draw it up that way,” Stevens said. “I don’t know.”
  • With free agency looming next summer, Marcus Thornton needs to make an impression, and Kyle Brasseur of ESPNBoston.com reports that he helped himself with an eight-point fourth quarter Sunday. The 27-year-old guard has been losing playing time to Phil Pressey in recent games, but given the chance in Sunday’s game, he responded with 21 points off the bench. “I’ve been through this before as a rookie so I know what it takes,” Thornton said. “When you’ve got positive teammates, it makes it that much easier too.”
  • The Celtics team that won the 2008 NBA title may have been scattered throughout the league, but Brian Robb of Boston.com reports several players stay together through weekly texting sessions. Paul Pierce, who played his first game in Boston Sunday as a member of the Wizards, said he communicates regularly online with Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins. Pierce also refused to close the door on a possible return to the Celtics one day. “If the opportunity presents itself, you know, maybe,” he said. “If there’s an opportunity, I would love to.”

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