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Pregame: Rondo, Smith chat reunion

3/9/2014

BOSTON -- A trio of interesting tidbits from pregame before the Boston Celtics host the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden:

SMITH + RONDO TALK REUNION? Calling Rajon Rondo his best friend, Detroit forward Josh Smith admitted the two former high school roommates have talked about joining forces in the NBA. "The conversation comes up," said Smith. "We always tell each other how surreal a moment that would be for us to be able to reconnect again in that realm. With the different free agencies that we both have, it can be far-fetched, but it could be possible too, at the same time." Smith was asked if he thought it might happen last offseason before he signed a four-year, $54 million contract with Detroit. "I thought it could’ve been a possibility, but you know, I’m in Detroit," said Smith. "I’m happy I’m here. He’s still [in Boston]. He’s still creating his market as a Celtic."

RONDO LIKELY OUT WEDNESDAY: The Celtics have a back-to-back starting Tuesday in Indiana. Playing three games in four nights, Stevens guessed that Rondo would sit out the second night of that tandem when the New York Knicks visit TD Garden. "It’s really more how he feels the day after a game," said Stevens. "So like [Saturday] I asked him, 'Are you sore, are you tried, how do you feel?' And he’s still a little bit sore the day after games."

WALLACE HANGING AROUND: Gerald Wallace, who underwent season-ending knee and ankle surgery on Tuesday, visited TD Garden. He said he plans to stay in the area through the end of the season (maybe catch a Red Sox game or two along the way) before spending the summer in his native Alabama. His target date to be back at full speed? "Training camp," said Wallace. "That’s my goal right now, so I’m not rushing it. ... Hopefully by training camp I won’t have any worries."

The Celtics are sticking with their recent starting 5 of Rajon Rondo, Jerryd Bayless, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, and Kris Humphries for Sunday's visit from the Detroit Pistons.