With the way injuries are piling up, that might be our starting five tonight against Miami. Here’s the latest on the body count:
Powe, who banged knees with Chicago’s Ben Gordon, will be evaluated in Boston today but doesn’t expect to play tonight.
Rondo hurt his right ankle in the third quarter but he got it taped in the locker room and returned with 4:47 left in the period. An injury to his ankle recently caused Rondo to miss two games, and he was uncertain about his status tonight.
Allen hyperextended his right elbow late in the game and was uncertain about tonight as well.
I’m waiting for Ashton Kutcher to pop out of an SUV at any moment and say “You got punked.” KG isn’t hurt and neither is anyone else. The NBA just wanted payback for the Celtics domination in 2008.
Doc Rivers had his hands full with the lineups last night. Without Mikki Moore and Leon Powe, the Celtics had one big man. And the Bulls took full advantage. Here’s what annoyed the hell out of me: on defense the Celtics continued to funnel their guys into the paint even though there were no bigs there to help. The Bulls got layup after layup after layup. Tommy was begging for them to get between their man and the ball.
Doc got his second tech and was subsequently tossed from the game with 30 seconds left. In the post-game presser, he ripped ref Bill Kennedy:
“The technical on which I got thrown out was the most unprofessional technical by a ref I’ve ever had,” Rivers said. “He stood there and goaded me and goaded me and stared at me.
“Look at the film. I actually walked away. He asked me, ‘Where do you want the ball?’ And I said, ‘Ask them,’ talking about my players. That’s my right to say that, and he walked away.
“He stood there and stared me down and stared me down and goaded me until I turned around and said, ‘What?’ That’s when I got thrown out of the game. In a [5-point] game? Think about that.”
Heinsohn erupted after the ejection. During his rant, my audio dropped out for a few seconds. Had me wondering whether Tommy dropped an expletive forcing someone in the Comcast truck to hit the big red button.
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