MINNEAPOLIS -- Rajon Rondo admitted he re-aggreavated his sore right pinky finger during Friday's loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, leaving the game briefly to be re-taped. But he injured the finger again in practice Saturday and is out for tonight's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Rondo would play if it were a playoff game but with the Indiana Pacers coming tomorrow, Rivers decided to give Rondo a break.
"Just finger, it's nothing bad," Rivers said. "Obviously if it were a playoff game, he'd be playing. He got it hit in practice. Our practices have become like freaking deadly, I'm telling you. I was joking the other day we should practice anymore, I may be getting serious about that because the last three practices we've had, someone's been injured."
Meanwhile, the Wolves will be without Kevin Love, who missed the past two games with a strained left groin and was questionable for tonight. He worked out before the game but was held out. It's a break of sorts for the Celtics, who allowed Love to grab 24 rebounds in the Jan. 3 meeting at TD Garden.