Allen, Pietrus out; Rondo questionable vs. Heat


Allen, Pietrus out; Rondo questionable vs. Heat

WALTHAM The Boston Celtics knew before this morning's shoot-around that Ray Allen (ankle) and Greg Stiemsma (foot) would not play against the Heat tonight.

After the shootaround, Mickael Pietrus (knee) announced that he will not be playing, either. And it looks as though Rajon Rondo (back) could be out as well.

All four players spent Tuesday's shoot-around on the sideline, with Stiemsma and Allen shooting some free throws.

According to a team official, Rondo spent the practice primarily on the sideline watching.

After practice, Pietrus did some passing and shooting drills with E'Twaun Moore, Marquis Daniels, JaJuan Johnson and Sean Williams.

"I look forward to a good practice tomorrow, and be able to help my team on Thursday (versus Milwaukee), the last game before the playoffs," Pietrus said. "And try to get into a rhythm, get ready for the playoffs."

Pietrus said the decision for him not to play tonight was made by the C's doctors.

"If it was up to me, I'd play," Pietrus said. "But sometimes I have to listen to people who know knees better, know players better. I look forward to staying focused on Wednesday, Thursday and the playoffs."

It is unclear if Pietrus is still having any pain in his right knee, which was surgically repaired last summer.

"Even if I have pain, it's part of me," he said. "I go to the playoffs with it and try and win a championship. In this locker (room), they say, pain or regrets? I will rather get the pain."

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.