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Quote of the Day: Paul Pierce expects Rondo to take the shot

Rajon Rondo

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) argues a personal foul call against him during the final minute of the second half of Game 2 in the NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers in Boston, Monday, May 14, 2012. The 76ers won 82-81. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Pierce on Rondo: “He’s knocking down his shot. He’s TAKING his shot. That’s what we’re going to expect from him. He’s our leader.”

— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) September 29, 2012

Rajon Rondo shot 45 percent from the floor last year. NBA.com reports that Rondo shot 39 percent from 16-24 feet. He was better, but inconsistent. This is a major challenge to his game and another indication that this year could have a huge impact on how Rondo’s career is viewed going forward, and what the reflection of his championship-contention years showed. So, you know, no pressure.