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Shouldering the burden

Posted by Frank Dell'Apa, Globe Staff  January 9, 2009 02:16 PM

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Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo's left shoulder was wrapped after the team's Friday morning shootaround. But Rondo said he would start the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"This is a big game for us," Rondo said of tonight's matchup. "We're struggling right now, and if we can get a win, it can get us back jump-started, as well."

Guard Tony Allen (ankle) will miss this game and the Celtics' visit to Toronto Sunday.

Coach Doc Rivers is using the Cavaliers' 19-0 home-court record as motivation.

"Early on in the shootaround, [Rivers] told us they're 19-0 at home," Rondo said. "So, it will be a good jumpstart for us if we can knock them off."

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