Even though Rajon Rondo said he would try to play this afternoon against the Raptors, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he would sit his star point guard, giving him a chance to rest the left hamstring he tweaked in the fourth quarter of Friday night's loss to Oklahoma City.
Rondo sat out all but 2:33 of the fourth quarter, spent an hour after the game getting treatment and got more attention yesterday before traveling with the team for back to back games in Toronto and Atlanta, but Rivers said it was unlikely that he'd play in either game.
"He's good, he's not playing," Rivers said. "He's feeling better. He felt pretty good, it's just a hamstring. There is a little something there. It's not bad, but with hamstrings -- if this was a playoff game, would he play? Yeah. But I look at it: we have back to backs and if we can probably not play him in both, we have three days off and it gives him a chance to get healthy. You just don't want to take any chances with that."
Nate Robinson will start. It will be his first start as a Celtic.
Rivers gave Robinson the nod over Delonte West "mainly because Delonte's injured, with his back," Rivers said. "We've got to watch his minutes." Robinson is also more comfortable running the Celtics' system because West missed the first 10 games of the season with a suspension. "It's a tough one, because it affects everyone when you change the point guard spot."