CLEVELAND The short-handed Boston Celtics take back to the floor tonight, once again making due with at least one starter sidelined.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers says Rajon Rondo will miss his seventh straight game with a right wrist injury suffered against Toronto on Jan. 18.
"He's back pretty soon," Rivers said of Rondo. "He may play tomorrow (versus Toronto), but I'd say closer to Friday would be the target date."
Without Rondo in the lineup, the C's are 4-2 this season.
All the news isn't bad for the C's when it comes to injuries.
Jermaine O'Neal, out since a knee-to-knee collision with Orlando's Hedu Turkoglu on Jan. 23, will return to the C's lineup tonight.
"I feel better," O'Neal said. "There's still a little bit of soreness, but you can ask all these guys if they're sore or stuff bothering them, and they'll say yes. But I feel good. I feel like I'm capable of coming out and helping the team and not hurting the team."
By Dane Carbaugh, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk
Rasheed Wallace is a man of many talents. Playing basketball. Getting ejected. Helping the disenfranchised. Throwing towels. He’s a Renaissance man, really.
Oh, and apparently he does a spot-on Doc Rivers impersonation.
During a segment on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” TV show, Wallace not only brought attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but was able to emulate the Los Angeles Clippers coach strikingly well. It came while Wallace was breaking down Rivers recent explosion and ejection from a game against the Brooklyn Nets, an outburst for which he was fined $15,000.
From the Area 21 Twitter page:
Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo.
*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other.
*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week.
*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda.
*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out.
*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL.
*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.