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12/08/2012 - 7:03pm
Doc back from Majerus funeral in Wis.

In a whirlwind of a day, Doc Rivers traveled from Philadelphia to Milwaukee for Saturday morning's funeral of his former assistant coach and close friend Rick Majerus. 

"I've been with Rick since fifth grade for the most part so I felt like I had to be there. It was important for me," Rivers said of Majerus, who died on Dec. 1 of heart failure. 

Rivers then jumped on plane and made it back to Boston, getting back about 90 minutes before Saturday night's tip-off with Philadelphia at TD Garden. Rivers said he didn't give much consideration to not coaching Saturday. 

"If I really want to [tick] Rick off, then don't coach the game," Rivers joked. "No, I didn't give that much thought. Life is involved with what we do every day. You deal with life and then you deal with your job. I always try to separate them when you can. Sometimes, you can't."

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12/08/2012 - 4:22pm
Mankins, Jones questionable for Monday

FOXBORO -- Logan Mankins (ankle) and Chandler Jones (ankle) practiced again on Saturday and are officially listed as "questionable" for Monday night's game against the Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mankins and Jones head a list of 13 players limited in practice on Saturday and all 13 are listed as questionable. 

Rob Gronkowski (forearm) was the only injured player ruled out while Jermaine Cunningham is serving the second game of his four-game suspension for violation of the NFL's PED policy.

Jones told reporters Saturday that barring setbacks he expects to play. Mankins is also reportedly set to return to action this Monday night after missing the last three games. 

For Houston, starting right tackle Derek Newton did not practice for a second straight day and was ruled out. Outside linebacker Brooks Reed missed practice all week and is also out. Star defensive back Johnathan Joseph (hamstring) was limited again but expects...

12/08/2012 - 2:43pm
Reports: Only Gronk missing from practice

Rob Gronkowski was the only member of the Patriots not seen at the start of practice Saturday, according to reports. The big tight end, who suffered a broken arm in the waning moments of a Nov. 18 win over the Colts, has been on the shelf since suffering the injury and isn't expected to play Monday against the Texans. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


12/08/2012 - 11:14am
Rondo's ankles 'fine'; expected to play

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo's ankles are "fine" after twice tweaking them in Friday night's 95-94 overtime loss to the 76ers. He is expected to play in Saturday night's rematch in Boston.

Paul Pierce landed on Rondo's ankle while grabbing a rebound with 1:47 remaining in regulation, but Rondo limped through it and continued to play. Then, on Rondo's failed baseline jumper as overtime expired, both ankles buckled as he slippped on a Sixers decal on the Wells Fargo Center floor. His Celtics teammates rushed to his aid, helping him to his feet and off the court.

"He left the locker room walking fine," the Celtics media relations staff relayed, "and [coach] Doc [Rivers] nor our trainer [Ed Lacerte] mentioned anything."

Rondo missed a game against the Nets this season with a sprained ankle, and he has missed extended stretches in both of the past seasons with the same injury.

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12/07/2012 - 10:32pm
No shot: Rondo (triple-double), C's fall

Rajon Rondo collected his 24th career triple-double but missed a baseline shot at the buzzer as the Celtics missed a chance to win on the game's final shot and fell in overtime, 95-94, to the Sixers Friday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Rondo also missed a potential game-winning shot at the end of regulation as the Celtics lost to the Sixers for the second time in as many meetings this season. 

Rondo had 16 points, 14 assists and a season-high 13 rebounds. Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul Pierce scored 27 points. Jeff Green, who gave Boston its last lead in OT with a 3-pointer, scored 19 points.

As was the case in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, Evan Turner was a thorn in the side of the Celtics. He not only had 26 points and 10 rebounds but drilled the game-winning shot with 3.9 seconds left in overtime. Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 12 rebounds as all five Philadelphia starters scored in...

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