- Henry Abbott, TrueHoop, NBA
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The latest concern is chemistry issues, as fueled by a series of recent quotes from Rajon Rondo.
Rondo told the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, for instance:
“We’ve got to play unselfish, you know? That’s on defense and offense. You’ve got to want the best for the next man out there regardless if you’re in the game playing well or you’re out of the game not playing well. ... The first year, it was a crazy spirit in the locker room. But now it doesn’t feel the same. It’s not the same right now. We’ve got to find a way to get that back somehow, some way.”
ESPNBoston's Chris Forsberg, meanwhile, quotes Kendrick Perkins saying it's much ado about nothing:
I don't think it's anything... We’re cool, we real cool. There's no beef. Guys still talk, laugh, joke -- we’ve all got each other’s back. That’s one thing you don’t have to worry about in this locker room, especially with [Kevin Garnett], Paul [Pierce], Ray [Allen], and [Rasheed Wallace] in here. Guys will stick together.
There have been so many strains and stresses in the lives of Celtics' fans lately. Everything from Paul Pierce's foot to the whole darned team has seemed broken.