It’s not a big secret that the Celtics have patterned themselves on the San Antonio Spurs and the parallels between the two teams are numerous.



Manu Ginobili had a game-high 28 points and the Celtics were held to their lowest point total of the season in a 94-73 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Sunday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce finished with 18 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field. Kevin Garnett had 12 points and Shelden Williams added 11 as the Celtics had their five-game home court winning streak snapped. The Spurs ran off the first 12 points of the third quarter and built their lead to as many as 25 in the rout. The Celtics are off until Wednesday when they host Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder at TD Garden.

Kendrick Perkins will miss his second straight game with tendinitis in his left knee, Celtics coach Doc Rivers announced before the Sunday night game against San Antonio. Rivers sounded optimistic that Perkins would be able to return on Wednesday against Oklahoma City. "He's not going to play but I'm pretty sure he's going to play Wednesday," Rivers said. Rasheed Wallace starts in place of Perkins. The Celtics will have the services of Nate Robinson off the bench as his left ankle responded to treatment after a sprain on Friday night and he has been cleared to play.

Rajon Rondo was asked to take a bow after setting the Celtics' single-season steals record on Friday. (AP0The Sacramento Kings came into Boston without their leading scorer and main ballhandler, Tyreke Evans, and off a loss to the Nets.



Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following Friday's win over Sacramento that center Kendrick Perkins has been fighting tendinitis in his left knee for some time and finally needed to sit down and rest it. Rivers added that Perkins will likely also miss Sunday night's home game against San Antonio. As for Nate Robinson, he sprained his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return. Rivers said if his ankle responds to treatment, he is still no better than '50-50' to play against the Spurs.

Rajon Rondo became the Celtics' all-time single-season steals leader and moved into second on the team's assist list with a career-high 18 assists as the Celtics held off the Sacramento Kings, 94-86, on Friday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce had 22 and Ray Allen added 20 to offset the game-high 30 of Carl Landry, the brother of Celtics' Marcus Landry. The Celtics clinched their third straight Atlantic Division crown before the end of the game when Carmelo Anthony beat the buzzer in Toronto, as Denver beat the Raptors.

Rajon Rondo was credited with a steal midway through the second quarter, his 168th of the season, helping him pass Rick Fox for the all-time single-season Celtics mark. He also had six assists in the first quarter to pass Sherman Douglas for second on the Celtics all-time single-season assist list with 684. It appeared Rondo also stole the ball less than a minute into Friday's game against Sacramento, which would have given him 168 for the season and a new single-season steals mark, passing Fox's old mark of 167 in the 1996-97 season.

The Celtics will not have the services of center Kendrick Perkins for Friday's game against Sacramento. The big man will rest his sore left knee. The team did not indicate how long Perkins is expected out of action. Rasheed Wallace will start in his place. For more, visit the Green Street blog. 

Michael Holley is back with another edition of his NBA Power Rankings, and he has the Celtics at No. 8. The Cavaliers hold the top spot, followed by the Lakers, Magic and Jazz. Click here to read the full story.

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck checked in with the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning and talked about the Celtics' season. Said Grousbeck: "It has been up and down, we can't hide from that. You have to be honest with people and be honest with yourself. We've always felt, though, inside the team that this team has a chance, and that that was probably a lull in the middle of the season, not from being lazy, but from being tired or conserving energy. ... I think that's what's happened this year. I'm not trying to make make an excuse, that's just my honest opinion."