8 a.m. ET: In what was billed as a matchup of star point guards, the Celtics visit the Nets on Thursday, but the showdown between Rajon Rondo and Deron Williams may not develop was planned.
Rondo left Wednesday’s game against the Jazz in the third quarter and did not return, and there was no update on the status of his right ankle following the game. If Rondo cannot play, the Nets would obviously have a huge advantage at point guard, although the Celtics are better suited to fill in for Rondo than they were in past years.
Leandro Barbosa pushed the pace as the point guard on Wednesday and Celtics coach Doc Rivers mentioned that Jason Terry can handle the ball as well. Paul Pierce and Jeff Green have experience as playmakers, too, presenting Boston with options — though no options as good as Rondo himself — if No. 9 is out.
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