Rivers coached Rondo for seven seasons before stepping down and taking over the Clippers in 2013.
"I didn’t know [if Rondo was going to be part of Boston's future]," Rivers said. "I think at the end of the day, it was more of a Rajon decision, in my opinion ... it was more his decision than [team president Danny Ainge) and the Celtics' staff."
The Celtics acquired forwards
"I just think you get a feel for whether [Rondo] wanted to play it out [in Boston] or not, and when you're rebuilding you can't take that gamble of letting an asset out of the door and letting him become a free agent," Rivers said.
In contention for the seventh and eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the
"We've had that discussion almost every day," Stevens said.
But his relucatance to change the starting five is due to the strong bench play from forward
"The first six minutes of a 48-minute game are the first six minutes," Stevens said. "You want to start as well as you can, but you also want to create rotations that you like. If your second unit's really playing at a high level, then you have to factor that in - that if you mix it up, your second unit might not play at a high level."
Crowder has now played a stretch of seven out of nine games with at least 10 points.
"He’s been good," Stevens said. "He’s been great at adapting to whatever we need. I think he’s played everything from the two (shooting guard) to the five (center) for us which, not many people are going to be asked to do that. He’s done it well. We need him to continue to be a jack of all trades for us. Our depth isn’t what it once was. It’s nice to be able to have him play multiple positions."
Crowder has averaged 22.7 minutes since joining the Celtics in mid-December but has seen his usage rise in recent weeks, as he's played 28.6 minutes per game in his last nine contests while making two starts. He's averaged 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds during that recent stretch.
Crowder had 11 points on five-of-nine shooting. He added nine rebounds and matched a career high with four steals.
The Celtics next play at the Magic on Sunday.
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