Rajon Rondo's left hamstring is still bothering him and he will not play on Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks. The Boston Celtics guard, who leads the league with 14.3 assists per game will sit out of the clash. Nate Robinson should start in his place.
The injury comes at a bad time for the Celtics, who have lost a season-high two straight games entering their clash with the Hawks at Philips Arena. Atlanta can exhale that Boston will have one fewer weapon in their arsenal at the Highlight Factory.
Rondo, who also did not play in Boston's 102-101 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, is averaging 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in 12 games for the Celtics. He has averaged 10.4 points and dished 7.2 rebounds in 15 games against Atlanta.
The Celtics enter play on Monday with an Atlantic Division-best 9-4 record. They are one-half game behind the Orlando Magic (9-3) for the best record in the league.