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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Pregame: Rondo out; Friday return?

By Chris Forsberg



BOSTON -- Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will miss his eighth straight game due to an injured right wrist, sitting out Wednesday's visit from the same Raptors team he was injured against two weeks ago.

Could Rondo be back for Friday's visit from the New York Knicks?

"I think he’ll be in the building," Celtics coach Doc Rivers quipped. "I don’t know if he’ll play or not; we’ll just wait until Friday. We've got a game tonight, so we’re going to wait for that. I think he’ll be close. He’s getting closer every day."

Rivers said Boston's lineup will remain the same coming off Tuesday's win in Cleveland, meaning Jermaine O'Neal, who had returned after a three-game absence due to a left knee bruise, is back in the starting lineup after providing a boost in the back end of a home-and-home with the Cavaliers.

Rondo and Keyon Dooling (hip pointer) are inactive for Boston.

Regarding Marquis Daniels, who earned an eyebrow-raising DNP (coach's decision) on Tuesday, Rivers said it was simply a desire to give more minutes to Sasha Pavlovic.

"Just went with Sasha," Rivers said. "I’m sure [Daniels will] get his number called again."