On a night when the
That now leads into a slate of games Saturday that features the
Rondo, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last Jan. 25, started and played 19 1/2 minutes. He made four of nine shots from the field to finish with eight points, four assists and two steals. He missed his only three-point shot in the final seconds of the
"I felt good," Rondo said after the game. "When I got back in the second quarter I got pretty winded, but that was expected. Other than that, I didn't feel like I was limited to anything tonight."
As usual, the best play around the NBA on Friday was west of the Mississippi, where the
"As the leader of this team, my main objective is to serve my teammates and some nights I have to put it up," said Durant, who made 19 of 28 shots and had six assists. That prompted Thunder Coach
Not to be overlooked are the
Interestingly, Portland will be in Dallas on Saturday night to take on the Mavericks while the Warriors are in New Orleans to play the pesky
"Listen, without Chris we have to be ready every night," Rivers said. "We don't have the luxury right now to show up and think we are going to win a game."