Greeting from East Rutherford, N.J.

The Celtics face the 3-34 Nets in a game they need to win. It’s the first of a back-to-back but the young and energetic Nets won’t fold easily, it will be a difficult game.

NOTES

*Rasheed Wallace is out with a foot injury. He said it’s an “age” thing and it swelled during the fourth quarter of the Toronto game. He is likely to also miss Thursday’s game with Chicago.

*Kevin Garnett made the trip but wasn’t in a talkative mood. “There’s nothing to talk about,” he said. He will miss another week.

*The Nets waived Sean Williams (Boston College) and replaced him with former Memphis standout Shawne Williams, who is inactive.

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STARTING LINEUPS

BOSTON

PG Rajon Rondo

SG Ray Allen

SF Paul Pierce

PF Brian Scalabrine

C Kendrick Perkins

 

NEW JERSEY NETS

 

PG Devin Harris

SG Courtney Lee

SF Chris Douglas-Roberts

PF YI Jianlian

C Brook Lopez

 

OFFICIALS

Bill Kennedy

Curtis Blair

Rodney Mott