The Celtics are north of the border for the first time this regular season, and both their starting lineup and that of the host Toronto Raptors look quite different from what we expected 48 hours ago.
For the C’s, there will be no Rajon Rondo, as the All-Star guard strained his left hamstring in a Friday night loss to Oklahoma City. The team’s medical staff is considering shutting him down for this two-game road trip, letting him rest both Sunday and Monday, when the Celtics take on the Hawks in Atlanta.
Delonte West was originally expected to start in Rondo’s place, but Nate Robinson has since taken over that role. Expect to see an amped-up Nate for his first-ever start in Celtic green.
For the Raptors, their lineup has seen a few changes this weekend — starting guard Jarrett Jack was sent away as part of a three-player package to reel in Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless from the Hornets, while big man Ed Davis is likely packing his things and heading down to the D-League.
Jose Calderon is likely to start in place of the departed Jack.
Here’s the carnage on both sides:
Nate Robinson, PG
Ray Allen, SG
Paul Pierce, SF
Kevin Garnett, PF
Shaquille O’Neal, C
Jose Calderon, PG
DeMar DeRozan, SG
Sonny Weems, SF
Reggie Evans, PF
Andrea Bargnani, C