The Boston Celtics look to get back on the winning track as they visit the NBA’s worst team, the Milwaukee Bucks, tonight.
After winning the first three games of the month, the Celtics dug themselves a hole they could not climb out of last night, falling 102-91 to the Dallas Mavericks. Rajon Rondo recorded his 4,000th career assist early in last night’s game and just missed out on a triple double for the third-consecutive game, and Jared Sullinger capped a week in which he was named the NBA Eastern Conference player of the week by chipping in 11 points and 12 rebounds, but Boston allowed the Mavericks to build a 24-point lead in the second half and never fully recovered. The Celtics only got 55 points out of starting five last night, a sure-fire recipe for a loss if ever thee was one.
It is unclear whether the Celtics will play Rajon Rondo tonight, as this is the second of back-to-back games and the team is still being very cautious about Rondo’s health following the ACL injury that caused him to miss the first half of this season.
Speaking of injuries, the Bucks (9-41) have been hit hard by the injury/illness bug and may be forced to wind up pulling guys out of the stands tonight. Milwaukee saw Larry Sanders go down during Saturday’s game against the Houston Rockets, joining O.J Mayo, Luke Ridnour, Caron Butler, Ersan Ilyasova, and Ekpe Udoh on the list of the Bucks’ walking dead. I’m not sure who will wind up playing for the Bucks tonight, but before we all chalk this one up as a gimme for the Celtics, let me remind you: two of Milwaukee’s nine wins have come against Boston. Let’s hope the Celtics do not play down to their opposition tonight.
Tip-off? Eight p.m.! Make sure you follow us @HoudiniCeltics for all of tonight’s action!