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Rajon Rondo starts in attack mode

Celtics point guard plays with aggressiveness his coach wants to see more of

Updated: December 26, 2011, 12:30 AM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

NEW YORK -- Well, how does 31 points, 13 assists and 5 steals in the season opener look right now? All that trade talk leading into the season sure seemed to be bothering Rajon Rondo on Christmas Day, didn't it?

You half-expected something like this from the Boston Celtics' point guard and de facto leader, especially with Paul Pierce sidelined. Getting Rondo to be even more aggressive and assertive than usual -- and that is asking a lot -- has been one of Celtics coach Doc Rivers' ...

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