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With the way injuries are piling up, that might be our starting five tonight against Miami. Here's the latest on the body count:

Powe, who banged knees with Chicago's Ben Gordon, will be evaluated in Boston today but doesn't expect to play tonight.

Rondo hurt his right ankle in the third quarter but he got it taped in the locker room and returned with 4:47 left in the period. An injury to his ankle recently caused Rondo to miss two games, and he was uncertain about his status tonight.

Allen hyperextended his right elbow late in the game and was uncertain about tonight as well.

I'm waiting for Ashton Kutcher to pop out of an SUV at any moment and say "You got punked." KG isn't hurt and neither is anyone else. The NBA just wanted payback for the Celtics domination in 2008.

Doc Rivers had his hands full with the lineups last night. Without Mikki Moore and Leon Powe, the Celtics had one big man. And the Bulls took full advantage. Here's what annoyed the hell out of me: on defense the Celtics continued to funnel their guys into the paint even though there were no bigs there to help. The Bulls got layup after layup after layup. Tommy was begging for them to get between their man and the ball.

Doc got his second tech and was subsequently tossed from the game with 30 seconds left. In the post-game presser, he ripped ref Bill Kennedy:

"The technical on which I got thrown out was the most unprofessional technical by a ref I've ever had," Rivers said. "He stood there and goaded me and goaded me and stared at me.

"Look at the film. I actually walked away. He asked me, 'Where do you want the ball?' And I said, 'Ask them,' talking about my players. That's my right to say that, and he walked away.

"He stood there and stared me down and stared me down and goaded me until I turned around and said, 'What?' That's when I got thrown out of the game. In a [5-point] game? Think about that."

Heinsohn erupted after the ejection. During his rant, my audio dropped out for a few seconds. Had me wondering whether Tommy dropped an expletive forcing someone in the Comcast truck to hit the big red button.

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  • Rodger In Illinois

    I know its getting hard to watch the losses pile up but if you look at the standings were still the 3rd best in the leauge.Need to win tonight no matter who plays.

  • It seems more and more people are sensing this ‘attitude’ from the Celtics. The refs, when they sense it, will slant their calls against this excessive attitude, so whether it really exists or not, they need to try to curb this belief.

  • Bill

    Play only JR, Billy, Steph, Mikki and Gabe for the rest of the regular season.

  • Dre

    So Doc Rivers getting thrown out of the game was why the Celtics lost? Looking at the box score, it looks like neither technical nor personal fouls had anything to do with the Celtics losing to the Bulls.
    All this whining about calls is beginning to remind me of Lakers fans and their boo-hoo’ing after last night’s choke fest.

  • dave

    Between all the injuries forcing us to bring out the end of our bench and the Bulls wearing our uniforms, I was very confused last night.
    The 6 Guinness’ and couple of Jameson’s didn’t help much

  • AboveTheRim

    What actually worked in Boston’s favor last year were the mass Bullshit chants in the Garden when the Refs were sticking it to the green. Once those chants would start, it was like Stern got the batphone out and told his guys to call it even so his product would not be disgraced on a national platform.
    We need someone who a sh!tload of tivo’d games to put together a 3 min youtube clip of all the terrible calls against the Cs and circulate wh0re that bitch around the internet.

  • AMP

    I am just wondering…why does Mikki Moore get in so much foul trouble. I don’t follow the C’s as closely as most of you, and have not followed Moore at all. It seems he’s been in foul trouble nearly every game. He doesn’t seem to be overly aggressive and doesn’t have a ton of time (till now). Is it because of his size? Is it because of the refs? Or is he a foul-happy player and I do not recognize it? We need him to last!

  • Tim (FD)

    There was no expletive from Tommy but his rant was classic….. so much so that it made me glad that Doc was tossed just so that going down in defeat would be made entertaining by the greatest announcer of all-time.

  • brain dead

    the ref’s in the NBA are the worst. the problem is their lack of consistency. unlike last year where they let us play tough D, this year, especially without KG, we get called for these ticky tack fouls early in the game while the other team gets away with the no calls. perk was marked by all the refs, he gets called automaticly for moving screens and he wont ever be able to get offesive rebound with out being calld for a push. his reactions arn’t helping either.
    the refs are getting affected by the general belief that the c’s are not as good as last year. and they whistle accordinly.
    but as bad as the c’s are officiated this year its a bigger problem. we all remember the no call vs the lakers in the garden… how about last night the magic got called for 3 seconds with 30 second to go, down by one in cleveland… 3 fu***ng second! the ball was somwhere beyond the 3 pt ark!
    somhow there is a generl feeling around most NBA fans that somthing extremely fishy is going on with the ref’s, and its getting worst every year.

  • York Roberts

    The Celtics really have gotten some bad fouls in big moments called against them this season.
    But in all honesty I’d rather see them lose a game like last night where they played hard for the most part and got beat either because of lack of players (due to injuries) or questionable officiating than the way they lost on Sunday in Milwaukee. Does anyone think the Celtics would have lost last night if they had Leon Powe, or Scal, or KG or Big Baby available down the stretch? You can’t play small ball for almost an entire quarter in a close game and expect to come out on top. They didn’t have any interior defense and asking Bill Walker to come in during a crunch time situation at Power Forward is crazy, really. In a typical game there are 5 other guys who would be at PF ahead of him.
    But the injuries are getting ridiculous. At this point I’d rather they play the remainder of the regular season without Rondo, Perk, KG, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen then run any risk of not having any of them when they need them.
    I’d rather see Pruitt, Bill Walker, Mikki Moore, Marbury and JR Giddens start the remainder of the games, get some reps and figure out their roles than lose anyone else major to injury.

  • G4L

    Man this is horrible.. I guess its a good thing that I’m on vacation in Gasol Country, but to put a positive spin on this at least this is all happening before the playoffs. & even if we get the 3rd seed we might be better off not facing the Pistons.
    p.s. everyone over here looks like Pau Gasol… its so annoying.

  • Al

    Try a full stop every now and then so we can understand you.
    No doubt bad calls get accentuated when you lose, having said that the refereeing has been bad in wins too!!!

  • double P reppin the B

    You guys are being ridiculous blaming everything on the refs. The Celtics are riddled with injuries, there is not one team in the league that could sustain all the injuries to their team that we have and keep winning consistently. You all expect them to win every night because that is what you are used to, well LOOK AT THE TEAM. No one is left to play at this point, how can you expect them to win all the time with who they have left. If everyone gets healthy we will be fine, but that is a BIG if, especially with the playoffs starting so soon

  • Jester00

    anyone else still hung over?

  • dreambig

    the officiating has been atrocious this season every good team can play themselves back in a game when the calls are at the very least called by the nba’s usual incompetent standards but the celtics hardly ever have the chance to do this whilst the other top teams get breaks from the refs
    home games FT disparities 36-12 against the Mavs 38-12 vs the Cavs when they were the ones dominating the points in the paint dwight howard and lebron having games where they only pick up 1 foul
    KG fouling out in the lakers game bs timeout call for clippers 6 men on the court the list goes on and on