C's Rondo out; O'Neal feeling better

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C's Rondo out; O'Neal feeling better

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."