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Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  February 22, 2014 09:10 PM

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Celtics continue through their west coast road swing with a game at Sacramento, a team they beat handily two weeks ago. But the Celtics will be severely shorthanded, missing Rajon Rondo (rest) and Jared Sullinger, who was diagnosed with a mild concussion following an elbow to the head by the Lakers' Chris Kaman.

It is uncertain whether Sullinger has to pass through the NBA-mandated concussion tests but assuming he does, he is likely out for Monday's trip finale at Utah. Phil Pressey will get the start at point guard and Kris Humphries at center. The Kings will get Rudy Gay back for this rematch. He missed the previous meeting at Boston with flulike symptoms.

STARTING LINEUPS
BOSTON CELTICS (19-37)

PG Phil Pressey
SG Jeff Green
SF Gerald Wallace
PF Brandon Bass
C Kris Humphries

Inactives: Keith Bogans, Vitor Faverani, Avery Bradley

SACRAMENTO KINGS (18-36)
PG Isaiah Thomas
SG Ben McLemore
SF Rudy Gay
PF Jason Thompson
C DeMarcus Cousins

Inactives: Jason Terry

Officials: Marc Davis, David Guthrie, Eli Roe

TV, radio: 10 p.m., CSNNE, WBZ-FM (98.5)

Pregame notes:

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Rondo will play Monday at Utah and the rest is a byproduct of recovery from his knee surgery. Stevens said the decision of when Rondo will play in the second game of back-to-back sets will be determined by several parties. Rondo said his body is not ready for consecutive games.

The Kings have decided to tell Jason Terry to stay home and rehabilitate his sore left knee instead of making an appearance with the club. Terry said he injured the knee early last season with the Celtics and underwent surgery soon after the playoff loss to the Knicks. Terry played 35 games for the Brooklyn Nets and averaged a career-low 4.5 points. He was acquired from the Nets in the Marcus Thornton deal.

Sullinger woke up this morning with headaches but he did finish the game after his collision with Kaman. He was not with the team in the locker room.

The Celtics will take Sunday off before a Monday game with the Utah Jazz to conclude the road trip. The club returns home for a five-game homestand beginning Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks.

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