Rondo's dislike for opponents isn't a surprise

Rondo's dislike for opponents isn't a surprise
January 21, 2014, 12:00 pm
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That Rajon Rondo admits he doesn't like his opponents isn't a surprise. He's the surly type, and if John Wall continues playing at an All-Star level he'll have more reason to dislike the Wizards' point guard. That both players went to Kentucky won't meant much. 

Rondo, who returned to the Boston Celtics from a torn right knee ligament Jan. 17 to play for the first time this season, will be here for a game Wednesday at Verizon Center. Rondo told CSNNE.com before a game vs. the Miami Heat this week: "I don't really like anyone I play against. That's the type of attitude I approach the game with. It's a business. We're not friends on the court. After this, it's a different story. But while we're playing, I'm trying to win."

Rondo is back in the starting lineup, but he's averaging just 20 minutes, seven points and four assists in the two games he has played. He has made 7 of 19 shots. 

"I never get that feeling," said Wall after Tuesday's practice. "But you can tell the competitive person he is, and how he is. If you fight, he's going to fight you hard. Not in a harmful way. It's the competitive nature he has. He kind of has the same mind-set as Kobe (Bryant)."

The last time the Celtics (14-28) played the Wizards (20-20), it was Dec. 21. They blew a eight-point lead with six minutes left as Washington stole the victory 106-99. Jordan Crawford, who recently was traded to the Golden State Warriors, was outmatched at point guard by Wall. Wall had 20 points, nine assists and six steals. 

Guard Jerryd Bayless, acquired in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies this month, won't be available available for Boston. He sprained a toe on his left foot. The Celtics have lost 10 of 11 games in 2014.