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."
The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.
Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.
The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".
The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.
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