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With only 10 games left in the regular season, the Boston Celtics have lost three straight and eight of their last nine contests, including two straight to the Toronto Raptors this past week. The last win came against the Miami Heat, who the Celtics have beaten twice in three meetings this year. However, LeBron James did not play in the final game between the Celtics and Heat this season.
Rondo to be color commentator
Rajon Rondo may not be able to play on back-to-back nights, but he can still be part of the game. When the Celtics play against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, the All-Star point guard will be behind the microphone beside Mike Gorman on Comcast Sportsnet’s television broadcast as the color commentator.
The game will follow a contest on Sunday against the Bulls at TD Garden. The 28-year-old will provide commentary for the first quarter. Cedric Maxwell will be the color commentator for the final three.
Celtics ending season on low note
The Celtics have been playing well most of the season, but are just one or two players away from competing in the NBA again. With the final eighth of the season underway, the team needs to still show that they mean business and even play spoiler down the stretch.
Sure, Brad Stevens’s crew is fifth in the lottery standings, just a half game better than the Utah Jazz, but a couple more losses could drop them into fourth or even third. It is already set in stone that the top two teams will be the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers (losers of 26 straight), but the Celtics could still make a little losing streak to catch the Orlando Magic at third.
With Rondo back at full health and the growth of Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger, the Celtics’ future looks promising. One or two more pieces of the puzzle added in the offseason via trades and/or the draft would make a huge difference as the team tries to get back on the winning track.
After losing a couple close contests to the Raptors this week in a home-and-home series, the Celtics will have another home-and-home against the Bulls on Sunday and Monday and will play at Washington Wednesday. On Friday, the Celtics will welcome the 76ers to the Garden.
Prediction: 1-3, the lone win will be against the 76ers