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Sat Nov 9 21:44:49 UTC 2013

_No clearance yet for Rondo _ 
By Nick  Borges |
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According to _ESPNBoston.com_ 
( , Celtics president of 
basketball operations Danny Ainge said  Thursday during his weekly radio appearance 
that point guard_Rajon Rondo_ 
(  is progressing nicely, however he is  still a ways away from 
getting complete clearance from the medical staff. 

"Rondo is practicing,  he's been cleared to have some contact, like 1-on-1, 
but not 5-on-5 full-court  practice yet," said Ainge. "We’re just taking it 
week by week right now, but  he's not ready to come back this week. I'm not 
sure when he'll be cleared, but  he's working really hard and we're anxious 
to get him ready to go." 

Head coach Brad Stevens has  decided to shift _Avery Bradley_ 
(  over to shooting guard, his 
natural  position, and start _Jordan Crawford_ 
(  at point guard. Stevens may go with  Crawford in 
that spot until Rondo is ready to return to the active  roster.
_Rajon  Rondo_ 
( , _Jordan  Crawford_ 
( , _Avery  Bradley_ 

_Are Bradley's days at PG over? _ 
By Joe  Kaiser |
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_Gary Dzen of Boston.com_ 
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that  ( _Avery 
Bradley_ ( 's inability to  
handle the point is one of the top observations to be taken from the 
Celtics'  opening week of the regular season. 

"Bradley can't run the  offense," he writes. "Brad Stevens started Bradley 
at shooting guard (Wednesday)  night alongside  
( _Jordan Crawford_ 
( , and the  results were much better. Heading 
into the game the Celtics were averaging a  league-worst 21 turnovers per 
game. That number dropped to 14 vs. the Jazz. 

"I'm one of Bradley's biggest  supporters, but through five games he's 
averaging 3.4 turnovers to 2.6 assists.  On the other hand, Crawford has 
averaged 3 assists and 1 turnover per  game." 

Now, to be fair,  Crawford had the benefit of playing a Utah team that's 
currently in an even  worse place at the point, relying on  
( _Jamaal Tinsley_ 
(  and  
( _John Lucas III_ 
( , but the  knock on Bradley's point guard skills is 
hardly breaking news. 

With Boston looking like its  going to be in rebuild mode this season, the 
better question going forward is  whether Bradley can be their two-guard of 
the future. He's due to become a  restricted free agent after the season, so 
that could all come down to how well  he plays over the next six months. 
And for the time being, don't be surprised if  Stevens starts relying more on 
Crawford and _Phil Pressey_ 
(  to handle the point guard duties until  Rondo returns.

_No time for Humphries _ 
By Nick  Borges |
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_Kris Humphries_ (  
is in the final year of his contract,  paying a team-high $12 million, and 
so far he's only played 27 minutes over two  games. Why isn't he playing 
more? Because the _Boston Celtics_ 
(  are in a rebuilding year and they want  to give the minutes at 
power forward and center to _Brandon Bass_ 
( , _Vitor Faverani_ 
( , _Kelly Olynyk_ 
(  and _Jared Sullinger_ 
(  since they are part of the future and  
Humphries' days are numbered. 

"First of all, it's  really a hard call," head coach Brad Stevens tells 
_CSN New England_ 
( . "We talked about it the other day before we played  Memphis. 
There's not much separation between those five guys (including Brandon  Bass); 
there's really not. And I also don't think that's been our biggest issue.  
I think our front line's been good. I don't think it's been perfect, but 
it's  been good. And I'm trying to figure out how we can play those five guys, 
because  they're all five very productive players for us. It's just been a 
matter of  numbers, it really has." 

Humphries will probably stick  with the Celtics through the Feb. 20 trade 
deadline, however as March 1 gets  closer he and the team will likely agree 
to a buyout. This will allow him to  hook up with a 2014 playoff team and the 
Celtics can increase their room below  the luxury tax line. 

Playoff teams that might call  Humphries, should he become a free agent, 
include Chicago, New York, Indiana, LA  Clippers, Minnesota, Oklahoma City and 
San  Antonio.

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