Celtics G Rondo misses game with back injury
BOSTON (AP) The Celtics are playing without Rajon Rondo after he hurt his back in Boston's game against New York the previous night.
Rondo was injured when he fell hard to the floor in the third quarter of the 118-110 loss to the Knicks on Tuesday night. He finished the game and had 13 assists, extending his streak of games with at least 10 to 23. Coach Doc Rivers said Rondo probably would miss Friday night's game at Atlanta.
The Celtics also faced the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night without guard Ray Allen, who missed his sixth straight game with an injured right ankle, and swingman Mickael Pietrus, who felt pain in his knee.
For the Magic, Dwight Howard was sidelined for the sixth consecutive game with a herniated disc.
Updated April 18, 2012