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Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  January 23, 2012 06:50 PM

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Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Keyon Dooling, Chris Wilcox, and now Mickael Pietrus will all miss tonight's game due to injury. Your Celtics starters tonight are Avery Bradley, Sasha Pavlovic, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jermaine O'Neal.

"Sasha will start just because we want to have more shooting on the floor early," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

Rivers said Pietrus was due for an MRI on his shoulder after not being able to lift his arm over his head last night. That mean's he's probably out for a while. Rivers said Rondo and Dooling could return Thurs. in Orlando. The others aren't close.

-- Jeff Green made an appearance in the Celtics locker room before the game. He declined to speak to reporters but greeted his former teammates. He looked great just two weeks after heart surgery.

"It was awesome [to see Green], it was great," said Rivers. "We kidded around a lot. We brought him in in the morning for the breakfast. It was really cool. I was amazed obviously it was two weeks ago, and he looks normal, he's walking around. We made a joke, being sarcastic, to the guys who are injured, that he's walking around and they can't play."

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