The Celtics have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 14-4 following their win over the Trail Blazers Wednesday night at TD Garden. But that great record is coming with a price - nagging injuries.
Coach Doc Rivers said after the game Wednesday that Rajon Rondo's strained left hamstring, which Rivers thought was no longer an issue early in the week, started to get sore in the fourth quarter. Then Rivers said that back-up point Nate Robinson has an aching right foot which was bothering him. And making matters worse Wednesday, the Celtics lost Kevin Garnett for over five minutes in the third quarter when team doctors had trouble closing up a wound under his chin that required five stitches.
"I left Rondo in because Nate's foot was hurting," Rivers said. "Rondo's hamstring was starting to get sore and he was worried that if he came out he couldn't return. So, the injury thing is really starting to creep up on us a little bit, and it is what it is."
Robinson confirmed after the game that he's been dealing with a sore right heel since Nov. 22, when the Celtics beat the Hawks in Atlanta. For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics  and the Green Street  blog.