Rajon Rondo Injury
May 8, 2011 by staff
Rajon Rondo Injury, Boston has more than its share of doctor’s appointments from the assembly of his upbringing in 3 large. Every time Paul Pierce, Ray Allen or (mostly) Kevin Garnett was limping on the court or writhe around in pain, was to be expected. Sure it hurts, but in the end, was only part of the general manager Danny Ainge made price with the devil when it acquired its core championship.
But this was different. Rajon Rondo has been named in more than one occasion “the straw that stirs the drink,” the only irreplaceable player on a team loaded with future Hall of Fame, a candle with a unique skill set that can frustrate players and fans alike.
And when Rondo went down after struggling horribly with Dwyane Wade, with 7:02 remaining in the third quarter, the entire Garden TD hardly knew how to react.
Over time, a less than flattering song about Wade erupted. But as he gave way to chants of “Rondo, Rondo,” Celtics point guard is still puzzling writhing in pain on the court.
Rondo suffered a dislocated left elbow, though he used the word “broken” in a television interview after the game. When he disappeared in the dressing room, some of the Celtics faithful had to imagine how the team could lift its 18-world championship with Delonte West – who had made an inspection visit of coach at the end of the first half with a shoulder injury – handling the ball.
At that time, Rondo was about grabbing more assistance. He had 10 assists to lead all players with two points and rebounds, two. His aggressiveness has helped the Celtics hot start in the fourth game of change of pace.
Cut to West, who was most productive bench player, the Celtics in the first half with 10 points, 4-5-shot and a pair of threes. He Airball his first attempt from the bottom with Rondo still being repaired clearly struggles to get enough power behind his shot.
With West in the game, lead the Celtics actually increased from 10 to 11 points entering the fourth veteran Garnett (game high 28 points) and Pierce (second with 27) took over. Then, with just over a minute into the third, Rondo reappeared in the dressing room, clearly in favor of his left arm, and returned to the Boston bank.
“The first report was dislocated, out, basically for good,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “Thirty seconds later I was in a huddle and saw Rondo walk by me and looked to play.”
Even something as mundane as clapping their peers in what appeared to be a task of Rondo, but he had the attention it so thirsty when surprisingly returned to the plant to start the fourth quarter.
Playing with essentially an arm, made play after play hurry hurry before breaking the roof of the building with a classic Rondo steal an unsuspecting Chris Bosh, while racing Downcourt right hand dunk. Later, he sank a contested tray, again without the use of his left arm, sending the crowd into frenzy. Ended with an inspiring six points, 11 assists, three rebounds and one steal performance.
“I’m sure that gave them a lift,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
Rondo was back. And he was playing better than when he left.
In the future, Rivers revealed the surprise was when Rondo went out, and how worried he is for the rest of the playoffs.
“It’sa great concern [beyond Saturday night],” Rivers said. “We can play much with adrenaline, you see people do it all the time. But honestly, moving forward, we will see, but it will be interesting.”
Boston was a night to avoid the clutches of a 0-3 hole, a recovery of the most anticipated playoff series in recent history. But when the memory is reflected in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal in the future, will be Rondo, who will be remembered for his heroic return.
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