When the Boston Celtics lost at Portland on Feb. 24 to drop to 1-3 on their West Coast trip, the notion the team was better without injured All-Star Rajon Rondo was a distant memory. The next night, however, the Celtics pulled out a win at Utah to jump-start a four-game winning streak. Entering this weekend's pair of games on national TV, Boston is a season-high six games above .500 and looking to move up in the Eastern Conference standings.
1dPhotographs by Edmund D. Fountain
1dPablo S. Torre