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Rondo's slump, Green's role

3/18/2011

Some afternoon reading on the Boston Celtics to fill time between commercial breaks during the NCAA tournament:

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Jeff Green's finding his role; Rajon Rondo's finding his way out of a slump for the Celtics.--LUNDBLAD: BREAKING DOWN RONDO'S SLUMP--

Something's amiss with the Boston Celtics' floor general, and it can be summed up with the simplest of statistics: Four points in three games. That's all Rajon Rondo has scored in 85 minutes of action since Sunday. Over that stretch, he's just 2-for-18 (11.1 percent) from the field on his way to 1.3 points per game. It's not often that a Celtics starter has a similar stretch of scoring futility. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the fewest points over a three-game stretch for a Celtics starter since Brian Scalabrine in January 2008. Scal put up only three points while starting three straight in Kevin Garnett's absence. In 2007, Scalabrine actually went scoreless in three straight starts.

--MAY: C'S FIGURING OUT PLAN WITH GREEN--

Doc Rivers has had Jeff Green for three weeks -- and he still is trying to figure out the multi-dimensional, multi-talented forward. Power forward or small forward? Inside guy or outside guy? Deferential guy or aggressive guy? How about all of the above? "I'm still learning how best to use him,'' Rivers said before his team headed to Texas for a Friday night meeting with the Houston Rockets. "He can do so many different things in so many different ways."