The Celtics came into Monday's game with the Mavericks having lost three straight and five of six. It was also the second night of a back-to-back on the road and the next one of those they win will be the first.
Brandon Bass is out with knee problems. Kevin Garnett is away from the team and dealing with a family issue, and to top off the impending disaster, Rajon Rondo was suspended two games by the NBA after he threw the ball at referee Sean Wright in Sunday's game.
In a completely unsurprising result, the Celtics lost, 89-73.
To make matters worse, Jermaine O'Neal (sprained wrist) and Chris Wilcox (abductor strain) also left the game in the second half, leaving Doc Rivers to play a small lineup with three guards and two small forwards.
The Celtics are below .500 for the first time since Jan. 29. They play Oklahoma City on Wednesday in the final game before the All-Star break.
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