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Birthdaygate closed for Rondo, C's

Updated: February 28, 2014, 10:28 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

In April 2012, with the lockout-shortened regular season winding down, then-Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers greeted veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett with some good news following a win in New Jersey: The duo was being left behind in New York while the rest of the team continued on to Charlotte.

The Celtics, playing four games in five nights and in the midst of one of those back-to-back-to-back lockout anomalies, were scheduled to visit the Knicks two nights later, so Pierce and Garnett ...

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