WALTHAM — The Celtics were without their starting backcourt Friday night against Sacramento, and it’s not a sure bet that guards Rajon Rondo (soreness) and Avery Bradley (ankle) will play Sunday against Dallas.
“I’ll talk to my doctors, talk to my teammates, see how it goes,” Rondo said before practice Saturday.
The four-time All-Star missed Friday night’s game with what Celtics coach Brad Stevens said was “general soreness” that Rondo felt after Wednesday’s game at Philadelphia.
Rondo said the soreness was not related to his right knee, which he injured nearly a year ago. Instead, he said it was related to playing eight games in 20 days after having not played a year because of that injury.
“I’m fine, just a little sore,” Rondo said. “It’s been a while since I played. So, little sore, nothing major. The knee is fine.”
Stevens said he should know whether Rondo plays Sunday before shootaround. “That’s kind of the way we will usually do it,” Stevens said.
Bradley sat out Friday night’s game after twisting his right ankle Wednesday against Philadelphia. Bradley sprained that same ankle last month and missed five games.
“I think he feels a little bit better this morning than he did [Friday],” Stevens said. “Again, we’ll kind of see how it goes.”
The Celtics (18-33) have won three straight and will look to finish strong in their final three games before the All-Star break.
“We’ll get a couple days off to rest [during the break] — that’s not only big for me, but our entire team, mentally and physically,” Rondo said. “To get a couple wins this month, it’s big for our team, confidence-wise and for camaraderie.”
Veteran swingman Gerald Wallace logged a team-high 40 minutes Friday night and hit the floor pretty hard in the fourth quarter after being fouled on a drive.
“My whole body is sore,” Wallace said a day later. “This is the first time I’ve felt like it this season, playing that type of game. It’s just something I’ve got to deal with and move on from it.”
Wallace said he also knew that he was near a triple-double late in the game, though he didn’t reach it, finishing with 8 points, 12 rebounds, and 9 assists.
“Me and Jeff [Green] was talking about it, because he was preaching from the sideline about what I needed,” he said. “I think after that fall, I kind of slowed down a little bit.”
The Celtics had nothing but admiration for Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, who is playing as well as ever at 35, including averaging 28.2 points over his last six games.
“Dirk is Dirk,” Wallace said. “He’s a German assassin. He’s going to do what he does. I don’t think he has the talent that he’s used to having around him, but we know how great of a player he is.”
Said Stevens: “[He’s] not aging the way he’s playing. Looks like he’s found the fountain of youth to me. He’s been unbelievable the last couple of weeks. He obviously is a matchup nightmare. He scores on the block, scores it off pin-downs, scores it on catch-and-shoot. How do you defend him on the pick-and-roll? Nobody knows, because there’s not a way to do it.”Baxter Holmes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.