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Ballin': Rondo, Celtics Rise From The Wounded

As the end of the third quarter drew to a close, Boston all-star point guard Rajon Rondo limped back to his team’s bench to thunderous applause and a standing ovation. In that moment, it’s a good thing none of those fawning admirers dared to ask him for an autograph.

His right arm perilously hanging from his body and his lower back throbbing in pain courtesy of a dislocated elbow he suffered in an ugly spill with Miami star guard Dwyane Wade just moments earlier which took away his range of motion, Rondo nonetheless found the strength to gut his way through a critical fourth quarter stretch during which he scored two of his three baskets to lead the Celtics to a 97-81 must-have win over the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Celtics now trail the series 2-1 with Game 4 slated for Monday night in Boston. “I didn’t have to do much scoring---just directing,” deflected Rondo. “That just using your mouth, using my legs.”

In truth none of the Celtics could have gotten much of what they accomplished done without the help of their slick handling floor general. Rondo also finished with a game-high 11 assists, many of them coming on all star teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce’s combined 22 field goals.

“He showed he’s a really tough young individual,” said Garnett, who finished with a game-high 28 points and 18 rebounds. “I don’t know what he’s going to be like when he’s 35, but right now he’s playing pretty well.”

Miami led 46-44 at halftime, but the Celts scored 16 of the first 20 points after intermission to take a lead they never relinquished. Pierce finished with 27 points for Boston while Ray Allen added 15 points and Delonte West 11.

“We understand fully now how tough it is to take down a champion,” said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra. “All this fuel, the last three days that was going on, I was cringing. Because you know this is a proud group, and you knew they would have a response.” And as much as anyone, Rondo, whose availability of the remainder of the series is still in question, made sure it was delivered loud and clear.

“It was awesome to see him back on the floor,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “Clearly, that got everyone excited.”

Dwyane Wade led Miami with 23 points and LeBron James added 15. --- Glenn Minnis

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9-Year-Old Commits Suicide After Intense Bullying Occurs At School

Nine-year-old Alabama resident McKenzie Adams committed suicide on Dec. 3, after experiencing intense bullying from classmates. Her grandmother found her hanging in their bathroom. After performing CPR, McKenzie was rushed to Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

“Something happened that day from one of these bullies that pushed my niece over to the edge,” Adams aunt, Eddwina Harris, 33, tells People. “It’s an emotional roller coaster. We’re heartbroken.”

According to CBS News, Adams was receiving rude notes from classmates and was bullied on the bus due to her race. Her school U.S. Jones Elementary is predominantly white, but the bullies were both black and white.

Some of the student bullies would say to her, ‘Why you riding with white people? You’re black, you’re ugly. You should just die,'" explained the child's mother, Jasmine Adams.

"Certainly our hearts goes out to the family and friends of Mckenzie and her fellow students as well as her teachers," school officials said in a statement after the child's tragic suicide. "Demopolis school system has provided grief councilors and crisis councilors at the school since this and ministers and youth ministers have been at the campus since the date of this incident."

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Janet Jackson To Be Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Janet Jackson is among the many musicians who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2019 class.

Ms. Jackson, Radiohead, The Cure, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, Def Leppard, and the Zombies are the very talented musicians who will be honored at the 34th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The highly-coveted ceremony will be held on Mar. 29 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Jackson, whose career spans several decades, responded to the exciting news with a tweet. “We did it u guys,” she wrote with a purple heart. “Thank U for all your love and support. #RockHall2019.”

This has been a banner year for Jackson. Earlier this year, she performed at the 2018 Essence Festival, Billboard Music Awards, Panorama Music Festival, and the Global Citizens Festival. She also teamed up with Reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee for a new single, “Made For Now.”

“I'm deeply humbled and grateful for this award. I believe for all the challenges we live at a glorious moment in history,” she said during her Icon Award acceptance speech at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. “It's a moment at long last that's made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused."

Congrats to all of the inductees.

We did it u guys 💜 Thank U for all your love and support. #RockHall2019 pic.twitter.com/1APrRJdmTv

— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) December 13, 2018

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Ebro Calls Out Kodak Black For Sexual Assault During Interview

The Internet's latest victim of unwarranted hate is Ebro Darden, host of Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning. currently awaiting trialThe Internet is split on Darden's attempt to try to discuss Kodak Black's sexual assault allegations. He is for charges of criminal sexual conduct from a sexual assault indictment in 2017.

During the rapper's visit to the radio show on Wednesday (Dec. 12), everything seemed fine and dandy. However, around 15-minutes in, Ebro brought up the Floridian's current sexual assault case.

“Look man, at this point, it’s a pleasure to meet you man,” Ebro says near the 15-minute mark of the 17-minute interview. “You know, looking at all your cases and everything you’ve been through, and I know the recent one right now is very sensitive. Respect to everybody involved in that case, we can’t get into details today… We take sexual assault here serious. We can’t get into details, but we hope to have you back, so that we can have a deeper conversation about that. It’s a serious topic, we’re hearing these stories a lot."

Peter Rosenberg swiftly tries to deflect from the conversation by asking Kodak if the moon landing of 1969 was a conspiracy. However, Ebro brings up the musician's clear anxiety over the fact that he brought up the case.

"I feel like sometimes, when n***as like me are going through sh*t, y'all be entertained," says Kodak as he squirms in his chair. "Like, change the subject... talk about something else." Ebro then brings up that they tried to change the subject, and if there's nothing left to discuss, the interview could be over. At that point, Kodak gets up from the mic and walks away.

On Twitter after the interview began to gain virality, Ebro wrote that he did not discuss any specifics about the case, and that he was just trying to have a "balanced" conversation. While many members of the Twittersphere are praising Ebro for attempting to have a conversation about the elephant in the room, others are calling him out for "baiting" and bringing up something that "he shouldn't have brought up."

What are your thoughts?

I was tryna have a balanced convo with Kodak Black & not ignore the serious allegations against him but also not ask specifics to make his situation worse... and he wanna get an attitude with me?? Nah....

— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) December 12, 2018

He’s young black rich and ignorant. He was suppose to be uncomfortable about it.

— Nisha2much (@NautiNish) December 13, 2018

If you bring it up then say "we cant get into details tho" thats not a balanced convo thats baiting

— Scam SZN (@SumBlaqGuy) December 12, 2018

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