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Charlotte Bobcats at Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m., Friday

Bobcats at Celtics

7:30 p.m., TD Garden

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Celtics
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker17.84.6G, R. Rondo11.55.3
G, G. Henderson14.34.0G, J. Bayless9.42.0
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist7.25.1F, J. Sullinger13.28.1
F, J. McRoberts7.75.1F, B. Bass10.95.7
C, A. Jefferson21.710.6C, J. Green16.74.6

Matchup to Watch

Kemba Walker versus Rajon Rondo: Rondo is the only significant remnant from when the Celtics were champions. For the Celtics to play spoilers this late in a lost season, Rondo has to be that guy again.

Observations

• Lots of veterans out for the Celtics these days. Ex-Bobcat Gerald Wallace is out for the season following two surgeries. Kris Humphries is also out and Avery Bradley is day-to-day with a strained Achilles tendon.

• Soon as Celtics GM Danny Ainge dealt Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, this became a bad-to-be-good mission. Rondo is clearly the carryover asset. Rookie Kelly Olynyk has had some good moments.

Tap-ins

• The Bobcats were off Thursday in Boston, as coach Steve Clifford sees late-season rest as a benefit over fine-tuning.

• The Bobcats haven’t played the Celtics since late November. They’re tied 1-1, but the Celtics were a very different team then.

Did you know?

The Bobcats’ current five-game winning streak is longest of the season.

Rick Bonnell

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