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Marbury to start tonight

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  March 11, 2009 12:22 PM

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With Rajon Rondo sidelined with a sprained ankle, Stephon Marbury will start at point guard tonight for the second straight game when the Celtics face the Heat in Miami.

Coach Doc Rivers acknowledged that Marbury, who struggled Sunday against the Magic in his first start since joining the team Feb. 28, may not quite be ready. But Rivers said Marbury is getting the nod because it's imperative to get him prepared for the postseason.

After the team's shootaround this morning, Marbury spent a lot of time working on offensive plays with Mikki Moore, Gabe Pruitt, Leon Powe, and Bill Walker.

  • Rivers said there is no update regarding the five Celtics currently sidelined by injuries, but that the team will continue to be cautious.

  • The Celtics have no practice scheduled for tomorrow.

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