The news comes via Celtics’ radio play-by-play man Sean Grande who reports via his Twitter account that the C’s starting point guard will miss tonight’s contest with a left pinkie injury. Rondo appeared to re-aggravate the injury during Friday’s loss against Charlotte. West will earn the start in his place. Kevin Love (groin) will also miss tonight’s contest for the Wolves.
CH’s Analysis: In the midst of their worst stretch of the season, may be taking a page out of their health philosophy down the stretch from last year in resting their All-Star point guard.
The timing isn’t tremendous with Delonte West still battling bone chips in his sprained ankle, but with a reliable third point guard available in Carlos Arroyo, it makes little sense to keep sending Rondo out there hurt, especially considering the fact he’s hurt more than helped this team in the past 10 games.
It will be nice to see Arroyo back out there for 15-20 minutes tonight, who really did nothing specifically to lose his playing time and provided the team with some solid energy in his first 3-4 games of action. He specifically won’t break this team out of its rough patch, but some steady play by the veteran could be a nice spark to an offense that has been running on empty.
As for Rajon, a two day rest here before a big showdown in San Antonio Thursday night will probably be the best thing for all parties right now. Some time to heal, rest, clear the head and recharge the batteries, especially since the one seed looks to be all but out of reach at this juncture.