Mar 23, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT
Friday is the biggest game of the regular season for the Celtics — well, maybe not their fans, they want to beat the Lakers more than anything — if they beat the 76ers they take over first place in the Atlantic Division. Which means a jump from the seven seed (Miami in the first round of the playoffs) to the four seed (hello Indiana).
But they will be doing it without Ray Allen, who is a surprise scratch, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Six games ago Allen tweaked his ankle when he slipped on a wet spot on the floor against the Clippers. He has played through it up to this point, but the Celtics are on the second night of a back-to-back against the Sixers and while Doc Rivers wants to win this game he has to think long term. Which is the prudent thing to do.
Mickael Pietrus will get the start in his absence.
- Report: Sixers may look to trade for Amar’e Stoudemire at this season’s deadline 22
- Kevin Durant reiterates that rest was his reason for withdrawing from Team USA 8
- Kobe Bryant says he will not be same player as before, says he’s evolved into something equally good 19
- Report: Agent for Greg Monroe pursued sign-and-trade deals with five teams, including Thunder and Blazers 25
- Derrick Rose sits out another Team USA practice, not likely to start Wednesday 21
- DeMarcus Cousins practices with team USA Tuesday, says he’s 50-50 for Wednesday game 2
- Jim Boeheim says of Carmelo Anthony, “it would have been better to go to Chicago” 31
- Steve Ballmer screams like a maniac at Clippers rally 26