The Celtics have not lost a game since Jan. 9, but they are struggling to fight off injuries and illness these days.
Kevin Garnett (flu) will miss his second consecutive game and Brian Scalabrine (concussion) his fourth in succession when the Celtics (40-9) go for their 12th win in a row at Philadelphia tonight. But guard Tony Allen, who was questionable with flu symptoms, worked out during Tuesday morning shootaround and will be available.
"Without KG, we just have to execute better on the offensive end and get stops on the defensive end," Celtics guard Rajon Rondo said. "We'll miss him. He's a big part of our offense. But Glen Davis stepped up last game (a 109-101 win over Minnesota) and he'll be there again. We need everyone, but if someone's not there we're a team. We're going to try to get the win."
Garnett and Paul Pierce have been chosen for the NBA All-Star Game Feb. 15 in Phoenix and Ray Allen could be a candidate to replace Orlando's Jameer Nelson (shoulder separation). Commissioner David Stern is expected to announce a replacement as early as Wednesday.