Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo sits out Wednesday night with back injury


It looked like a pretty nasty fall when it happened — in the second half of the Celtics loss to the Knicks Rajon Rondo took a hard fall. Contacted in the air, he landed flat on his back.

He played after that but sat out Wednesday’s Celtics game against the Magic, and Doc Rivers said he likely will be out Friday night in a key game against the Hawks, a game that could have big impact on playoff seedings.

Here is what Rivers told A. Sherrod Blakely of after Tuesday’s game:

“I saw how he hit. I didn’t think he was hurt as far as career-something,” Rivers said. “I just knew he would have a deep bruise. We’ve all fallen, and it was a hard fall….

“Listen, I’m looking at the playoffs,” Rivers said. “This game … I’d rather have Rondo healthy.”

Ray Allen was also out for the Celtics against the Magic.

We’ll keep an eye on this, but getting Rondo healthy and a little rest at this point in the season is not the worst thing ever.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.