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April 10, 2014

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

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.

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. Walker 17.8 4.6 G, R. Rondo 11.5 5.3
G, G. Henderson 14.3 4.0 G, J. Bayless 9.4 2.0
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 7.2 5.1 F, J. Sullinger 13.2 8.1
F, J. McRoberts 7.7 5.1 F, B. Bass 10.9 5.7
C, A. Jefferson 21.7 10.6 C, J. Green 16.7 4.6

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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