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Welcome to TD Garden for Celtics-Lakers (Rondo returns)

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  January 17, 2014 06:57 PM

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The long-awaited return of Rajon Rondo is tonight as he made it through his pre-game workout and will start for the Celtics. Coach Brad Stevens said he will play about 20 minutes in his first game since Jan. 25, 2013, when he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament against the Atlanta Hawks. Rondo gives the Celtics an All-Star presence and could change the course of the team's season.

He shot extensively before the game and showed no signs of discomfort.

STARTING LINEUPS
BOSTON CELTICS (14-26)

PG Rajon Rondo
SG Avery Bradley
SF Jeff Green
PF Jared Sullinger
C Kris Humphries

Inactives: Keith Bogans

LOS ANGELES LAKERS (14-25)
PG Kendall Marshall
SG Jodie Meeks
SF Wesley Johnson
PF Jordan Hill
C Pau Gasol

Inactives: Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash

Officials: Sean Corbin, Bennie Adams, James Williams

TV, radio: 7:30 p.m., CSNNE, WBZ-FM (98.5)

Pregame notes:

• The Lakers will be without Nick Young, who was suspended for one game for punching Goran Dragic during the Lakers' 121-114 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Young will watch the game from the team hotel.

• Newest Celtics Chris Johnson (#12) and Joel Anthony (#50) were present and in uniform but Stevens said he was unsure if either would play. Anthony was acquired from the Miami Heat in the Jordan Crawford deal and practiced for a short time Thursday following his physical. Johnson was signed to a 10-day contract today.

• Kobe Bryant said he has no intentions of sitting out the rest of the season despite the Lakers likely missing the playoffs. He has missed the past month with a knee injury. Bryant said he could return next month. He also attended a BC marketing course late Thursday afternoon, surprising many of the students.

• The Celtics are scheduled to practice Saturday before heading to Orlando to begin a three-game road trip with the Magic, Heat and Wizards.

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