The Boston Celtics (15-16) come to OKC (25-7) having lost six of their last seven games and also having lost starting point guard Rajon Rondo to a two-game suspension, the second of which will be served Wednesday at 6 p.m. against the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Rondo was suspended for flinging the ball into the midsection of official Sean Wright following a no-call during the Celtics' 96-81 loss Sunday night at Detroit.
The suspension was handed down before Boston's 89-73 loss Monday night at Dallas.
“When he (Rondo) walked in he said, ‘What do you think?' and I said, ‘You're not playing tonight,'” Boston coach Doc Rivers told The Boston Globe. “He knew the one game. I think he's very surprised at the two.”
Rondo's next appearance will be after the All-Star break on Feb. 28 at Cleveland.
The Thunder never has beaten the Boston Celtics in OKC. The results:
Nov. 5, 2008 – Celtics 96, Thunder 83
Dec. 4, 2009 – Celtics 105, Thunder 87
Nov. 7, 2010 – Celtics 92, Thunder 83
On the flip side, the Thunder has beaten the Celtics three straight times in Boston. The results:
March 9, 2009 – Celtics 103, Thunder 84
March 31, 2010 – Thunder 109, Celtics 104
Nov. 19, 2010 – Thunder 89, Celtics 84
Jan. 16, 2012 – Thunder 97, Celtics 88
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