Allen likely out for season finale vs. Bucks


Allen likely out for season finale vs. Bucks

WALTHAM The regular season finale for the Boston Celtics will likely go down in similar fashion to their first game of the season: A key player will be out with an injury.

Back then, it was Paul Pierce nursing a right heel injury.

Today, it looks like the C's will once again be without Ray Allen.

Allen, who has missed 14 games this season with a right ankle injury -- that includes the last eight -- did not participate in the team's morning shoot-around.

However, he did come on to the floor later and took some shots before returning to the locker room.

In addition to Allen, Celtics center Greg Stiemsma (feet) did not participate in the shoot-around, either. Stiemsma, who has not played since the first half of Boston's 97-92 loss at Atlanta on April 20, is not expected to play tonight against the Bucks.

The news isn't totally bad on the injury front for Boston.

Both Rajon Rondo (back) and Mickael Pietrus (right knee) were involved in the team's shoot-around, and are likely to play some tonight.

Rondo, who has already locked up the NBA's assists title this season, has missed the last three games after suffering a back injury at New York on April 17.

Pietrus, who has missed the last four games with swelling in his surgically repaired right knee, said earlier this week that he was targeting tonight's game for his return to, "try to get into a rhythm, get ready for the playoffs."

Speaking of the playoffs, the league announced that the Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks will play Game 1 of their first-round series, on Sunday regardless of which team has home court advantage.

Rajon Rondo suspended by Bulls for 'heated exchange'

Rajon Rondo suspended by Bulls for 'heated exchange'

Former Celtics and current Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo is up to his old tricks, apparently.

The Bulls have suspended Rondo for Monday’s game due to conduct detrimental to the team, with Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical saying that the suspension is the result of a “heated exchange” the 30-year-old had with a Bulls assistant during or after the team’s 107-82 loss to the Mavericks Saturday. 

Rondo clashing with others is nothing new. He once shattered a television on which the Celtics were showing him game footage to critique him and had to be carried out kicking and screaming by Kevin Garnett. Chris Sheridan reported in 2013 that Doc Rivers had an “intense dislike” for Rondo and that the two almost fought.

After being traded out of Boston, Rondo was suspended for a game by the Mavericks after a shouting match with Rick Carlisle. Last December, he was suspended for calling referee Bill Kennedy a homophobic slur, leading to Kennedy coming out as gay. 

Interestingly enough, there's something of a pattern of Rondo's bigger infractions occuring in games against former teams. The Kennedy incident came in a game against the Celtics, while this recent one was against Dallas. 

This is the first season of a two-year, $28 million Rondo signed with the Bulls in the offseason. He is averaging 8.2 points per game, 7.2 assists per game and 6.7 rebounds a night. 

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