His left arm wrapped in a sleeve and dangling lifelessly by his side, Rajon Rondo broke for the basket and sailed past LeBron James for a layup.
Kevin Garnett sank the go-ahead basket with 14 seconds left, then stole the ball as the Boston Celtics overcame Carmelo Anthony’s 42 points and beat the depleted New York Knicks 96-93 to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series on Tuesday night.
The Boston Celtics didn’t play four of their usual starters, essentially setting aside their bid for a better playoff seed for the chance to give their top players some rest, and the result was a 95-94 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards on Monday night that handed the Miami Heat the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics could be without point guard Rajon Rondo Monday night for the second straight game as he deals with a strained right pinky finger.
The Boston Celtics scratched point guard Rajon Rondo from the game against Minnesota on Sunday because of a strained right pinky finger.
Dante Cunningham hit a go-ahead 15-foot jumper with 34 seconds left and the Charlotte Bobcats erased a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the struggling Boston Celtics 83-81 on Friday night.
The Celtics and Knicks will meet for the first time since New York acquired forward Carmelo Anthony on Monday night in New York.
Kevin Martin scored 25 points, rookie Patrick Patterson had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds and the Houston Rockets routed the Boston Celtics 93-77 on Friday night.
Celtics guard Delonte West is set to return Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers.
The Celtics will look to get back in the win column Friday night when visit the young, upstart Philadelphia 76ers.