The Celtics aren't the only one's playing without their star point guard.
And as tough as times might seem for the C's now, they face a Clippers team that's going to play with a similar sense of purpose because they too have been playing without their All-Star point guard, Chris Paul. He suffered a bruised knee injury on Jan. 12 and has appeared in two games since. Team officials are listing him as a game-time decision for this afternoon's tilt in Boston.
The Celtics have won three consecutive games, all without Rajon Rondo, and the latter two without Jared Sullinger; both of those guys are out with season-ending injuries. Boston's bench has come up big lately, with 39, 50 and 43 points, respectively, in those three wins. But, as I wrote in Sunday's Globe, this is also a big test for the Celtics' new small-ball scheme. We'll see how they fare against the Clippers, who, even without Chris Paul (knee), will offer the Celtics their stiffest test yet since Rondo and Sullinger went down.