With a chance for a third consecutive win, the Celtics will be shorthanded tonight against the Sacramento KIngs, who will be equally crippled by injuries. The Celtics will be without Rajon Rondo (rest) and Avery Bradley (sore right ankle) while the Kings will be without Rudy Gay (sickness) and Marcus Thornton (sore hip).
So it will be a battle of backups and an interesting point guard matchup between diminutive Phil Pressey and Isaiah Thomas, who is listed at 5-feet, 8-inches but is third on the team in scoring at 20 points per game. DeMarcus Cousins will be a force in the paint and draws the assignment of Jared Sullinger while Jeff Green will oppose rookie Ben McLemore.
BOSTON CELTICS (17-33)
PG Phil Pressey
SG Jeff Green
SF Gerald Wallace
PF Brandon Bass
C Jared Sullinger
Inactives: Keith Bogans, Vitor Faverani
SACRAMENTO KINGS (17-32)
PG Isaiah Thomas
SG Ben McLemore
SF Jason Thompson
PF Quincy Acy
C DeMarcus Cousins
Inactives: Marcus Thornton
Officials: Tony Brown, Dan Crawford, Haywoode Workman
TV, radio: 7:30 p.m., CSNNE, WBZ-FM (98.5)
• An MRI on Vitor Faverani’s left knee came back negative and he’s considered day to day. Faverani injured the knee Tuesday in his NBADL assignment for Maine. Faverani said he was concerned with the injury but the results were the best-case scenario.
• The Celtics officially signed swingman Chris Johnson for the remainder of the season and with a nonguaranteed contract for next season. Johnson has been sparkling since joining the Celtics three weeks ago, averaging 7.6 points in eight games.
• Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Rondo looked sore in shootaround and he may play Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks while Bradley asked out of the game because of recurring ankle soreness. He missed five games with a sprained ankle in late January.
• The Celtics are expected to practice Saturday in preparation for a back-to-back set with the Dallas Mavericks (Sunday) and Milwaukee Bucks (Monday).