SACRAMENTO — The Celtics get Rajon Rondo back for a critical game to end the calendar year. The Celtics are 5-10 on the road and under .500 and would like to make the long trip back home with an even record in preparation for their Jan. 2 matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies. Rondo missed Saturday’s 101-83 loss to Golden State with a bruised right hip.
BOSTON CELTICS (14-15)
PG Rajon Rondo
SG Jason Terry
SF Paul Pierce
PF Kevin Garnett
C Jason Collins
SACRAMENTO KINGS (10-19)
PG Isaiah Thomas
SG Marcus Thornton
SF John Salmons
PF Jason Thompson
C DeMarcus Cousins
Officials: David Jones, Olandis Poole, Sean Wright
TV/Radio: 9 p.m. Comcast SportsNet / WEEI
• Leandro Barbosa return to the team after a four-game absence because of a personal matter in his native Brazil, He flew from Sao Paulo to Sacramento through Atlanta on Sunday morning.
• The Kings were without Tyreke Evans for the seventh straight game with a sore left knee.
• Paul Pierce entered Sunday 12 for his past 43 from the field after his 4-for-20 performance on Saturday at Golden State.
• Of the Celtics’ 15 losses this season, 11 have been by double digits.
• Sacramento is coming off a thrilling 106-105 win over the shorthanded New York Knicks. James Johnson hit the winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, his first 3-pointer of the season.
• The Celtics will wear their traditional green uniforms