Rondo out vs. Suns


Rondo out vs. Suns

BOSTON The short-handed Boston Celtics lineup will be even shorter tonight.

Despite Rajon Rondo's desire to play, the C's medical staff has elected to keep him out of tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns.

In addition to Rondo, the Celtics will also be without Keyon Dooling (knee) and Chris Wilcox (calf).

Replacing Rondo in the starting lineup will be Avery Bradley.

The second-year guard, making his first NBA start, will have his hands full against 37-year-old Steve Nash who currently leads the NBA in assists.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers was also considering rookie E'Twaun Moore s a starter in place of Rondo.

"Really, we wanted to surround Avery with the better offensive players," Rivers said. "E'Twaun as far as offensively, runs the team better at the oint position. But defensively, Avery's better. And he has speed; his speed allows him to get to the basket."

Rakell gets two goals, Ducks snap Bruins' streak with 5-3 win


Rakell gets two goals, Ducks snap Bruins' streak with 5-3 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time.