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Interest in Rondo seems to be slight

The Sports Xchange

--Danny Ainge said he hasn't received a lot of calls from opposing general managers trying to pry Rajon Rondo away from the Celtics.

"I know 99.9 percent of the NBA believes these trade rumors, but I think other general managers know how we feel about him," said Ainge. "I've had some calls, but nothing is imminent for anyone on our team right now."

As for the chances the Celts stand pat at Thursday's trade deadline, Ainge said, "I really don't know."

Doc Rivers said the team's ups and down won't make it more or less eager to make a deal.

"It doesn't affect our thinking at all," Rivers said. "I'm sure there will be more rumors. We pretty much know what we want to do. I said a week ago I would be surprised if we did anything. If someone out there wants to give us someone, we'll take him."

--If Ray Allen's no-field goal performance against Philadelphia Wednesday seemed rare, you're right. The last time he went without a bucket was an 0-for-3 against Milwaukee on March 19, 2009.

He's only gone 0-from-the-floor six times in more than 16 NBA seasons.

"He is struggling right now, but a lot of teams are guarding him tight," said Doc Rivers, before Allen bounced back with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting Friday. "We go through this every year, a stretch of teams that guard him really well. But he just has to stay relaxed and let the game come to him."

After Allen's performance Friday, Rivers said, "Ray is a shooter, you know? I mean, that's what makes shooters and scorers great. Ray, Paul (Pierce) -- they have an extremely short memory. Ray can have two, three, four, five bad games in a row and the next game make five 3's. It's just he believes in his craft and his skill, so that's what makes him so good."

"It was just a good response, especially with the way we played down in Philadelphia. It was good to take care of business before we head out west." -- Paul Pierce after the win over Portland, which came on the heels of a 32-point loss to the 76ers.

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