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Welcome to TD Garden; All-Star ballots open

Posted by Leonard Neslin  January 4, 2012 04:55 PM

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The Celtics continue their five-game home stand tonight at TD Garden and look to capture their fourth straight victory against an injury-beleaguered Nets squad.

Jermaine O'Neal participated in shootaround this morning and is listed as a starter for the Celtics, and the Nets will be without Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries. The Nets have lost seven of their last eight in Boston and haven't faced each other yet this season. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

In other news, NBA All-Star ballots opened today. Each of the Celtics' Big Four was voted as a reserve for the East last season, and that likely won't change this year. Cast your vote here or send a text message with the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA"). Fans can vote for up to 10 different players per day.

We're only six games into the season, but at this point Rajon Rondo probably has the best chance to overtake a starting job for the East. He'll have to beat out last year's starters -- Bulls guard Derrick Rose and Heat guard Dwyane Wade -- which is no easy task, but he's having a great year at the point. His 16.5 points per game are six points better than his average last season, and he's still averaging 10.5 assists, six rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

Stay here for live updates throughout the night.

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