Just nine games after dropping to 0-4, the Celtics have a chance to eclipse the .500 mark with a win over the Bobcats. But these aren’t your normal Bobcats, Charlotte is a respectable team with wins over Cleveland, New York and Toronto. The Bobcats also welcome back former Celtic “Big” Al Jefferson, who returned to the lineup Monday after missing five games with a bone bruise in his right ankle.
For the Celtics, Jared Sullinger will not play because of a bone bruise in his right knee. He is considered to day-to-day. Kris Humphries is expected to take his minutes.
BOSTON CELTICS (3-4)
PG Avery Bradley
SG Jordan Crawford
SF Jeff Green
PF Brandon Bass
C Kelly Olynyk
Inactives: Rajon Rondo
CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (3-4)
PG Kemba Walker
SG Gerald Henderson
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF Anthony Tolliver
C Al Jefferson
Inactives: Josh McRoberts
Officials: Violet Palmer, Mike Callahan, Courtney Kirkland
TV, radio: 7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, (WBZ FM, 98.5).
• Rajon Rondo continues to work out before games, this time taking midrange jumpers after taking passes from a coach. Today is the nine-month anniversary of his ACL surgery and he could be returning to the Celtics lineup by Jan. 1 although he hasn’t been cleared for full contact.
• Charlotte coach Steve Clifford is back coaching after a health scare. He had two stenches places in his heart and doctors have limited his coaching schedule but he did return to the team Monday after missing just one game.
• Former Brookline High School and UConn product Jeff Adrien has played in six of Charlotte’s seven games and is averaging about 11 minutes per contest. He is averaging an impressive 4.5 rebounds in his short minutes.
• Coach Brad Stevens said he watched a few minutes of the college games last night featuring potential lottery picks Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle. He refused to answer whether he recruited any of the trio at Butler. That would be classify as tampering.