Loss of Rondo for year hurts Celts playoff chances
Now the Celtics have neither member of their starting backcourt from the past five seasons, Allen and Rondo.
Rondo’s injury ‘‘puts this team and the rest of the guys in a position to be ready to step up,’’ Pierce said. Sunday’s win ‘‘was a perfect example. We showed we are capable.’’
NOTES: It was Miami’s first game in Boston since it won Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals behind James’ 45 points. ... James and Chris Bosh each had 16 rebounds for the Heat. ... The last time the Celtics played consecutive double-overtime games was on March 11 and 13, 1951.