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Rondo: This team is more talented than '08 champs

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Rondo: This team is more talented than '08 champs

The Celtics' Rajon Rondo says the current roster is more talented than the Celtics team that won the championship in 2008.

Rondo was a second-year point guard on that Celtics team that won the title. He says the additions that have been made this off-season to the current Celtics make them better than the team that won it all.

"I believe this team is more talented than that team," Rondo said. "But the key to the 2008 team is that everyone bought into the system."

Rondo said that will have to happen again with the group for the Celtics to be successful.

"Guys probably won't play their normal amount of minutes that they have in the past because we're such a talented team."

That depth is something coach Doc Rivers can't wait to exploit.

"It fits in a lot of ways," Rivers says of the roster, adding that when Avery Bradley returns from injury, having a stable of guards made up of Rondo, Bradley and new additions Courtney Lee and Jason Terry give him the deepest backcourt he's had as Celtics coach.

Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

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Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Falcons game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)

ATLANTA FALCONS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
K Matt Bryant (back)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)

Morning Skate: Issues with gambling and Vegas Golden Knights?

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Morning Skate: Issues with gambling and Vegas Golden Knights?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while still in disbelief at what happened to Gordon Hayward last night.

*Interesting piece on the connection between gambling and the NHL in Las Vegas where they’ve just kicked their new expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights.

*Would you like a Providence Bruins game-worn jersey and give to a great cause at the same time? Here are the Pink the Rink Bruins jerseys up for auction on eBay with the money earmarked for cancer research and treatment.

*Some interesting stuff from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman in his 30 Thoughts about the start that Malcolm Subban is off to with the Vegas Golden Knights and whether that’s in any way a reflection on the way goalies are being developed with the Bruins.

*So, the Ottawa Senators clearly didn’t miss Erik Karlsson given the start that they got off to, but there’s no doubt hockey fans did as he makes his return from offseason surgery.

*Nikita Kucherov just keeps on improving for the Tampa Bay Lightning after a Hart Trophy-level season last year.

*For something completely different: I don’t understand why there’s anything controversial about somebody saying In ‘N Out Burger is overrated. While it’s a perfectly fine West Coast fast food chain, it is absolutely overrated at this point. The fries are average at best, and the burgers are merely okay compared to all of the other burger joints out there.