It is a big night for Rajon Rondo tonight as he and his new Dallas Mavericks team travel to his former team in the Boston Celtics.
Intrigue has been high around Rondo in the match against his old team and he has been talking about the kind of player he is now in Dallas.
Quite remarkably, the former Celtics captain has made one big conclusion between playing for the Mavericks and for the Celtics.
Rondo was set to reach free agency this year but the Celtics trade put a stop to those plans and he would have been a much sought after player had he made it.
Rondo however went to the Mavericks and has claimed that the team is demanding he do something he hasn't for years.
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Quite a basic requirement of any NBA player, Rondo has made a strange revelation.
"In Dallas they expect me to play defense and, in the West, if you don't play defense you'll get embarrassed every night at the point guard position." - Rondo on his new role
Rondo has claimed that he hasn't played defense for a couple of years and has thanked one Celtics player.
"I've been able to hide a lot with Avery Bradley on the ball. He's helped out, the young guy."
Perhaps Rondo's claims are an insight into why the Celtics have been sub-par over recent years if there is a way for senior players not to participate on defense.
A trip back
Rondo is returning to the team he spent eight years with and for the first time in his NBA career, is facing an old team.
He and the Mavericks arrive in Boston on a three game winning streak including impressive wins over the Washington Wizards and Oklahoma City Thunder in their last two games.
The Mavericks have won six of their last eight matches and are currently holding the number four seed in the Western conference.
They are currently 22-9 and a win tonight will put them on the same amount as their divisional rivals the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Celtics' only bright spark lately is a win in their last game against the Sacramento Kings which brought a three game skid to an end.
Boston are 11-18 this year and will be looking to exact a big of revenge over their former captains new team.
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