Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/3/13
8 a.m. ET: Not every team responds to the loss of a star point guard as positively as the Celtics have. The Celtics (23-23), who are 3-0 without Rajon Rondo, host the Pacific-leading Clippers (34-14), who are struggling while Chris Paul recovers from a bruised right kneecap. The Clips are 2-4 since Paul went down, not including the loss in which Paul was injured. They have fallen to just two games ahead of third-place Memphis in the Western Conference standings after Friday’s embarrassment of a loss in Toronto. Adding to Los Angeles’ problems, NBA Sixth Man of the Year frontrunner Jamal Crawford has a nasal fracture and will be a game-time decision. Meanwhile, the Celtics have responded to the season-ending injuries to Rondo and rookie forward Jared Sullinger about as well as coach Doc Rivers could hope. They are actually sharing the ball more without their top passer and have played exactly even on the glass in their last two games despite not having their top rebounder off the bench. Join us for updates and analysis from the TD Garden during the game, which tips off at 1 p.m. ET.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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