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Felger: Celtics can be better without Rondo

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Felger: Celtics can be better without Rondo

Rajon Rondo is out for the season, but does that mean the Celtics chances of competing are hovering around zero-percent?

Nope.

In fact, CSNNE's Mike Felger thinks the Celtics can be better without Rondo in the lineup.

A small sample size backs up his claim. The Celtics play better defense with him out of the game, and have won three games without him.

Felger gives his take on Sports Tonight with Lou Merloni.

"Of course there's a chance. Haven't you seen it before? Teams lose one of their best players and they sort of rally together and get controbutions from certain people and become a better team, T-E-A-M, remember that? And so, I've seen it in other sports myself and I think there's a good chance it could happen with this Celtics team.

"I'm not saying they're a world champion, but Lou, they were three games under .500 going into yesterday. They rank 21st in the NBA in offense. Rajon Rondo's defense has been horrible this year. So I guarantee you they're going to be better on defense, but there's no reason to think that they can't be better than three games under .500 and 21st in the league on offense. They'll probably be better in both without Rajon Rondo."

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Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Hopes that the Celtics would have Gordon Hayward back in the lineup later this year were dashed last night by Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night for a fractured and dislocated left tibia, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens had said earlier in the day that Hayward's prognosis would be better known after doctors saw the extent of the damage. When the operation was over, Bartelstein told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski not to expect Hayward to play again this season.

But there is good news:

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“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Stevens had said earlier. “No timeline on it, but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE