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Celtics minus Allen and Rondo; 3 bench players

BOSTON - The Boston Celtics were without starters Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and three bench players, severely depleting their roster for Monday night's game against the Orlando Magic.

BOSTON - The Boston Celtics were without starters Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and three bench players, severely depleting their roster for Monday night's game against the Orlando Magic.

Boston coach Doc Rivers delivered the news about an hour before the game.

Allen jammed his left ankle in the second quarter of Sunday's win at Washington and didn't return.

Starting point guard Rondo will be missing his third straight after taking a hard fall and bruising his right wrist last Wednesday.

Rondo was sitting in the middle of Boston's locker room, watching tape of the Magic and said he felt "much better" with wrist wrapped in ice.

He said it was up to the training staff about 15 minutes before Rivers said he was out.

Fowards Mickael Pietrus (shoulder) and Chris Wilcox (left calf) and guard Keyon Dooling (right knee) were also out.

Rivers also said Pietrus hurt his shoulder in Sunday's win and it bothered him when he came to shootaround Monday morning.

"I'd be surprised if (Rondo and Dooling) don't play Thursday," Rivers said.

The teams meet again in Orlando.

"He had trouble lifting his hand above his shoulder to shoot," he said.

Avery Bradley and Sasha Pavlovic were the starting guards along with regulars Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O'Neal.

 
 
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