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W2W4: C's vs. Bucks (Game 53 of 82)

The Boston Celtics (18-34, 7-18 away) visit the Milwaukee Bucks (9-41, 5-19 home) on Monday evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center (8 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for:

  • REPLACING RONDO: Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is not expected to play on the second night of a back-to-back. Boston will have to decide how to compensate (coach Brad Stevens has often inserted rookie Phil Pressey into the starting lineup to keep Jerryd Bayless in his natural reserve role). Given that situation at the point, the Celtics are hoping that Avery Bradley can bounce back on Monday night. Bradley returned from a one-game absence, but his shot was off and he didn't look himself. He sat out the final 20 minutes of Sunday's loss to the Mavericks. Bradley missed five games last month with a sprained right ankle and twisted that ankle again last week.

  • GOODBYE, BUCKS: This is the fourth and final meeting of the season for these two teams. Boston has accounted for 22.2 percent of Milwaukee's victory total this season after the Bucks won two November meetings, including a second-half rally to spoil Boston's home-opener. The Celtics won the last meeting in December.

  • LOOSE BALLS: Milwaukee big man Larry Sanders is questionable after taking an elbow to the head from Houston's James Harden on Saturday. ... Rookie Nate Wolters has been a thorn in Boston's side this season and is coming off a nice effort against the Rockets (19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists over 39 minutes). ... The Celtics are 3-10 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.

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