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Optimism for Celtics now high after Rajon Rondo's big opening night

Rajon Rondo, center, and the Celtics will be in Houston to take on the Rockets this SGetty Images

If what we saw on Wednesday night against the Nets was Rajon Rondo at, say, 75 percent, it will be quite interesting to see what he can do when he’s back to full health.

Rondo had his left hand heavily padded against Brooklyn, as he is still recovering from a fracture of his third metacarpal – which occurred late last month when he slipped and fell in the shower. But the C’s captain ran the offense to perfection against the Nets as Boston scored 121 points. It was the Celtics’ highest point total since January of 2011.

“I thought he played great,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told NESN.com. “I don’t know what he ended up with — 13 and 12 in 29 minutes. I probably played him in the second half too long of stints for what I wanted to at one time, but I actually thought one of the best parts about the game for us was the fact that we went to the bench we just kept going. And the bench made such a great contribution, and Rondo just kind of fit in seamlessly.”

The C’s will get two thirds of the NBA’s Texas triangle out of the way early in the season as they will be at Houston (8 p.m., CSNNE) on Saturday and at Dallas (8:30 p.m., CSNNE) on Monday.

The Rockets have been busy to start the season as they beat the Lakers in L.A., 108-90, on Tuesday night before dumping the Jazz in Utah, 104-93, Wednesday. Dwight Howard has been impressive through two games as the big man recorded a double-double in both Rockets victories.

 
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