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Injuries leave Celtics shorthanded vs. Kings

Celtics forward Jeff Green left two Kings in his wake, but he missed the layup and was 6-of-20 shooting for 17 points.
Celtics forward Jeff Green left two Kings in his wake, but he missed the layup and was 6-of-20 shooting for 17 points. barry chin/globe staff

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With Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley sidelined, the Celtics were without their starting backcourt Friday against the Sacramento Kings.

In light of their absences, Celtics coach Brad Stevens stared undrafted rookie point guard Phil Pressey and swingman Gerald Wallace in their place. The other starters included forwards Brandon Bass, Jeff Green, and Jared Sullinger.

Rondo, the team’s captain and star point guard, sat out with what Stevens described as “general soreness.”

“He’s played [eight] games in 20 days and hasn’t done that for a year,” Stevens said before the game at TD Garden, “and I think the [soreness] is just a cumulative effect of that.”

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