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- Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is still nursing a sprained ankle he suffered Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz, but according to coach Doc Rivers, Rondo will play today. When pressed on how much, Rivers explained that Rondo will play for as long as he is able. Rivers went on to explain that he will be looking for signs of “limping and not being able to perform” as cues that Rondo needs a substitution.
- When asked to evaluate Toronto’s luxury of having two starting-caliber point guards in Jose Calderon and Kyle Lowry, Rivers responded by saying, “I don’t know.” Rivers was giving a clear indication that the Celtics do not have a pure backup point guard to play behind Rondo.
- Toronto power forward Amir Johnson is feeling better today and should be able to play. According to Raptors coach Dwane Casey, Johnson “was much better this morning, kept his food down, and looked better so he will go today.”
- Lowry will miss his fifth straight game with a foot injury. Look for Calderon to start in Lowry’s place and get the majority of the minutes at the point guard spot. Calderon is coming off of a game against Indiana where he had a triple double (13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists).
– Brendan Jackson