Boston Celtics players Ray Allen, Mickael Pietrus and Rajon Rondo did not travel with the team to Atlanta for Friday's game, according to the Celtics’official Twitter account.
With all three players absent from the team flight to Atlanta on Thursday, it is likely that they will not be playing in the Celtics' final road game of the regular season Friday against the Hawks. Allen has been out due to lingering soreness in his right ankle. Pietrus experienced some swelling in his right knee after three straight games last weekend. Rondo is out due to spasms he experienced as a result of landing hard on his back after going for a rebound in Tuesday’s game in New York.
After Friday's game, the Celtics will have a three-day break, which should give ample time for all three players to return at full strength for the playoffs later this month.