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Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  November 19, 2013 04:29 PM

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HOUSTON -- The Celtics looked dead tired Saturday after being spanked by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who handed Boston its most lopsided loss of the season, 106-88.

But they were able to enjoy consecutive days off for the first time since their season opened Oct. 30 in Toronto. And now, they'll face the high-powered Rockets here Tuesday night.

The Celtics are on a three-game losing streak. The Rockets are looking for their fourth win in five games. For an undersized Celtics team, it will be interesting to see how they fare against All-Star center Dwight Howard. The challenge there will fall on rookie center Vitor Faverani -- or at least Faverani will deal with him to start the game.

Starting lineups
BOSTON (4-7)

PG Avery Bradley
SG Jordan Crawford
SF Jeff Green
PF Brandon Bass
C Vitor Faverani

Inactives: Rajon Rondo

HOUSTON (7-4)
PG Pat Beverley
SG James Harden
SF Terrence Jones
PF Chandler Parsons
C Dwight Howard

Inactives: Greg Smith

Officials: Mike Callahan, Derek Richardson, Gary Zielinski

TV, radio: 8 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, WBZ-FM (98.5).

Pregame notes:

• Keith Bogans (illness) and Courtney Lee (sore right wrist) both missed the Celtics' last game but will be available against the Rockets, coach Brad Stevens said.

• Jeff Green is the Celtics' leading scorer, averaging 15.5 points per game, but he scored a season-low 2 points in the loss to the Timberwolves. It will be interesting to see how he responds against the Rockets.

• Howard leads the league in free throw attempts with 128 and is shooting 53.1 percent from the charity stripe, but he has improved of late, making 27 of 41 (65.9) in the past three games after making just 14 of 39 (35.9) in the three before that.

• Houston leads the NBA in rebounding (47.5) and is second in scoring (108.8 points per game).

• This is the first of a back-to-back. The Celtics will travel to San Antonio to play the Spurs Wednesday, closing out a three-game road trip. However, it won't be any easier for the Celtics win they get back home, as they play Indiana Friday.

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