Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo missed practice on Friday with the flu. However, he is expected to be ready for Game 1 of the Celtics-Heat playoff series on Saturday.


Rondo played in 81 games this year. The All-Star averaged 13.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 9.8 assists and 2.3 steals per night.

It seemed like a good sign when the Celtics beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Opening Night.



New Celtic Michael Finley joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the playoffs, which the C's open Saturday by hosting the Miami Heat. Finley said the Celtics need to work on their mental preparation. "Confidence is never a problem with this team," he said. "That's something I learned since I've been here and from afar. It's just a matter of keeping that confidence to a professional level, meaning that you can be confident, but it's a disease to be overconfident. I think that's what's happened in some of the games since I've been here.

At the All-Star Break, the Miami Heat were 26-27 and going nowhere fast. It was then that Dwyane Wade, impending free agent, began to make noise about the team making improvements.



Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the upcoming playoffs and the discussion about his future. Rivers addressed a report that he is considering not returning to the team next season. He said the story was completely overblown, although the facts were ultimately correct. "Yeah, but it would have been fact-based three years ago, too, and last year, and the year before," he said. "Every year I go through the same thing, and at this point I'm at the same place I was last year and two years ago.

Because of Miami's 94-86 double-overtime victory over New Jersey on Wednesday night, the Heat moved into the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings and will face the Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Each Boston Celtics playoff game will be broadcast on the WEEI Sports Radio Network. Conflicting Red Sox games will be broadcast on WRKO 680AM. Here is the complete schedule:

Boston vs. Miami

Is it fair to call a season that saw the Boston Celtics win 50 games and the Atlantic Division (by 11 games) a disappointment?



Because the game was meaningless in the standings, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins sat out Wendesday’s regular-season finale against the Bucks at TD Garden. Rajon Rondo (21 points) was the only Celtics starter in action against Milwaukee as the Celtics lost, 106-95. Luke Ridnour and Jerry Stackhouse led the Bucks with 17 points each. For more Celtics news, check out the Green Street blog.

The last thing the Celtics needed heading into the playoffs was another distraction about their future, but that’s exactly what they got when a story about Doc Rivers landed in the Boston Herald Wednesday morning. The story noted that the team had approached the coach with the idea of a contract extension and Rivers declined to have the discussion until the summer.



With one game left in the regular season, and their No. 4 seed secure, Doc Rivers elected to sit Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, as well as Kendrick Perkins. The decision to sit Perkins is a strategic one as he has 15 technical fouls. If he received his 16th he would be subject to a one-game suspension and Rivers said the team couldn't get clarification from the league one whether the suspension would take place in the first game of the playoffs, or the first game next season.