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CELTICS NOTEBOOKThough the deadline in Rajon Rondo's negotiation for a contract extension has been pushed back to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, both sides reacted to the news in almost blase fashion.

Danny Ainge said yesterday that he knew of the extension - enacted because the NBA office isn't open on weekends - but didn't even discuss the change with agent Bill Duffy, who didn't learn of the extension until yesterday. The deadline was originally today.

Duffy initially said via text message, ``That would be nice,'' when told of the revised deadline.

But later, after thinking about it, Duffy said, ``We'll see,'' when asked if the extra time would help in a negotiation that appears as unresolved as ever, with Rondo poised to become a restricted free agent in a lucrative market next summer.

Ainge sounded decidedly unmoved about having extra time to hammer out a deal.

``I don't know if it helps or it doesn't help,'' said the Celtics general manager.

Book not for Doc

Doc Rivers can still flash with a little emotion when remembering that day five seasons ago when Tim Donaghy tossed him out of a game against the Nets.

As it turns out, that's about the only anecdote that hasn't been included in the disgraced referee's as-yet-unpublished book, though some interesting excerpts could be found as of yesterday on

``Was that in there? He threw me out in four minutes,'' said Rivers, who has little interest in reading what the convicted felon has to say. ``I kind of heard about it through gossip, but I don't know the stories that are in it. And I don't want to. Why would you want to listen to a criminal?'' Though Rivers has ruffled his share of referees' feathers, he sympathizes with the profession - especially when these men have to work under the shadow of a former peer who bet on the games he worked.

``It's the toughest game to officiate of the three,'' Rivers said of Basketball, football and baseball. ``It's just a tough sport.''

On the mend

Brian Scalabrine, though close to returning from a sprained ankle, was once again left in sick bay last night.

``I thought he might be able to play tonight and he can't, so maybe we'll have him for (tomorrow),'' said Rivers. . . .

Last night's reunion of Rondo and Derrick Rose, who went so hard at each other during the first round of last season's playoffs, was going to carry the predictable sparks.

Rose, hobbled by a sore ankle, dismissed any question that he would be available.

``It was a little sore this morning, but now it's really good,'' he said.

Tommy pitches in

Celtics legend and TV analyst Tommy Heinsohn will be in a giving mood through every game televised by Comcast SportsNet this season, thanks to a program he is running with Children's Hospital.

With each of the 70 games shown by the network, a ball autographed by Heinsohn will be given to a different patient at Children's.

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