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Rondo's time to shine

DALLAS -- In his first All-Star game appearance, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo found himself as part of an Eastern Conference crunch-time lineup that featured 20 years of All-Star experience in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh.

So it seemed like a reasonable question to ask whether Rondo was surprised be on the floor with the game -- as meaningless as it might be in grand scheme of things -- on the line.

"Why would you say that?" shot back Rondo, as if the question suggested he was not ready for a stage that included a record crowd of 108,713 inside pristine Cowboys Stadium.

Truth be told, Rondo did have butterflies at the start of the game. And while he didn't have a breakout performance or hit a game-winning shot, what Rondo did do is confirm that he absolutely belongs on the floor with the best players the NBA has to offer.

And he belongs there even with the 2010 NBA All-Star Game on the line.

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