Pietrus, Wilcox out vs. Blazers

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Pietrus, Wilcox out vs. Blazers

BOSTON The Boston Celtics will once again go into battle short-handed with key reserves Mickael Pietrus and Chris Wilcox out for tonight's game against Portland.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Pietrus has a sore right knee - the same knee Pietrus had surgery on this past summer.

The 6-foot-6 wing did not participate in the team's shoot-around on Friday morning.

As for Wilcox, he is out due to a personal matter.

With them out, look for the Celtics to lean on Marquis Daniels and Sasha Pavlovic to fill the void left by Pietrus.

Boston will likely turn to JaJuan Johnson and Greg Stiemsma to provide some of the energy that Wilcox has been bringing to the floor lately.

In addition to Pietrus and Wilcox, the Celtics will also be missing Jermaine O'Neal (wrist). He has yet to decide on whether he will have surgery, or take a cortisone shot which would likely keep him out for a couple weeks afterward. Rivers said prior to tonight's game against Portland that there's no update on O'Neal.

Earlier, Rivers said that he wasn't anticipating having O'Neal back, adding that anything he provided would be "a bonus."

AFC EAST: Dolphins blown out by Ravens

AFC EAST: Dolphins blown out by Ravens

Scoring the first 24 points of a game is a decent plan for winning a game. The Ravens didn’t look back in a 38-6 blowout victory over the Dolphins. 

With the loss and the Patriots’ win, the 7-4 Dolphins sit two games behind New England with four games remaining in the regular season. The 6-5 Ravens will next play the Pats when they travel to New England for Monday Night Football in Week 14. 

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AFC PLAYOFF RACE: Berry leads Chiefs past Falcons

AFC PLAYOFF RACE: Berry leads Chiefs past Falcons

Eric Berry saw plenty of the endzone Sunday. 

The Kansas City safety had a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter and returned a failed two-point conversation in the fourth-quarter for the game-winning play in a 29-28 Chiefs win over the Falcons. 

With the win, the Chiefs improved to 8-3, keeping them in the driver’s seat for the first Wild Card spot in the AFC. 

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