10 a.m. ET: If the Celtics can take care of business, their current three-game win streak could be the start of something big. After wiping out Eastern Conference playoff contenders Indiana, Atlanta and New York in a matter of days, the Celtics open a five-game home stand against some decidedly easier competition on Wednesday.
First up is the Phoenix Suns (12-24), who have the second-worst record in the West thanks to losing nine of their last 10 games. The Suns opened their four-game road trip with a loss to the Bucks, who had just parted ways with their coach, on Tuesday. Including the Suns, three of the five teams the Celtics (17-17) will face at the TD Garden over the next two weeks are deep at the bottom of the standings.
Assuming Rajon Rondo has not gotten himself suspended again, the point guard should make his return to the lineup. We are also guessing Kevin Garnett will be in uniform, unless the league makes a late ruling on Monday’s incidents with Carmelo Anthony.
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