Shouldering the burden

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo’s left shoulder was wrapped after the team’s Friday morning shootaround. But Rondo said he would start the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“This is a big game for us,” Rondo said of tonight’s matchup. “We’re struggling right now, and if we can get a win, it can get us back jump-started, as well.”

Guard Tony Allen (ankle) will miss this game and the Celtics’ visit to Toronto Sunday.

Coach Doc Rivers is using the Cavaliers’ 19-0 home-court record as motivation.

“Early on in the shootaround, [Rivers] told us they’re 19-0 at home,” Rondo said. “So, it will be a good jumpstart for us if we can knock them off.”

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