It started last Wednesday night. Head coach Doc Rivers commented that Rajon Rondo was in such pain, he was unable to bring the ball up the floor for a few possessions. “Sore feet” was the initial explanation in the postgame.
Well last night, after Rondo third double-double on the season the diagnosis got a little more specific as Doc admitted in his postgame press conference that Rondo was suffering from a “mild” case of plantar fasciitis. Here’s a collection of quotes from all the parties involved last night, starting with Doc:
On Plans To Sit Rondo Out Friday
“Listen, this morning, Eddie told me that Rondo wasn’t playing because of his foot. And 10 minutes later, I go down so we can watch film and Rondo said, ‘I’m playing; I’m fine.'”
On Changing His Subbing Plans
““I walked over to him before the tap and told him, ‘Hey, listen, if I see anything, I’m taking you out,’ But you could see he was good. The only thing we did, and you could tell, we subbed him early, “I think with five or six minutes left in the first quarter we subbed him. And then we did it again after halftime. And, overall, that may have helped him with his wind.”
Rondo’s Take On The Injury:
“”It’s fine, it’s cool. It’s sore, that’s all. I was able to tolerate it tonight,We’re just taking precautions, that’s all. It’s going to take a lot to keep me out of these type of matchups. I like competing, especially against guys like Derrick.”
I’ll have a lot more thoughts on this tomorrow, but for right now this is an alarming situation to me. The C’s are pushing the gas too hard on Rondo who is leading the league in minutes/game thus far. This condition which affects the bottom of the foot can linger for quite awhile if it becomes serious and has affected many notable NBA stars including Ron Artest and Joakim Noah last year.
For now the C’s want to win games and they need Rajon Rondo to do that with Delonte West out and Nate Robinson struggling mightly with his shot. With four tough road games coming up, don’t expect Rondo to ask out of the lineup. That truth makes me worried about how this situation could worsen this week. Delonte can’t come back soon enough.