Post-game Reactions

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.

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  • Batman

    Oh no Rondooooo

  • celticfan

    big deal he needs to sit out. he is causing some of the turn overs.
    don't have much to say about them lost the faith in them i guess

  • I_Bleed_Green

    Good…should be a win tonight

  • talesofJP

    Rondo was hurting, and he was hurting the team lately, let him sit, hopefully it helps it to heal a bit. Arroyo played well when he was out there.

  • lll No9 III

    Well I agree, but placing all the blame on Rondo is quite harsh isn't it? He's on a slouch, so what? Everyone goes through it.

  • Zee

    Can't blame this game on Rondo. We see that the problem is much bigger than he. We were up by 25 and won by 3 points. No excuse for that.

    • GowGow

      We won, right?

    • kricky

      The entire team deserves to be sent to bed without supper for the way they've played to close out this season.

  • GowGow

    No Rondo = WIN !!

    • celticfan

      wow look at that No Rondo and we win, Doc sit his ass on the bench last night not because of his little pinky hurting Rondo has become a cry baby like Doc said. it has become me me me. everyting has to be about him and when it's not he pouts. i think he is trying to get traded so sit his ass on the bench we didn't need him last night that's for sure. he is such a cry baby.

  • Morpheus

    Hey, we WON without Rondo. Strategy much.

    3 point game……ok this is becoming hilarious. Who here is starting to find this funny?

    • misel

      i was laughing in disbelief when the wolves took the lead… like, "man, this can't be happening…"

  • Dee

    Right now this team is in sleep walk mode. I can't believe they are so soft mentally that the Perkins trade is affecting them. I just think it starts with the 4 stars and Ainge's quote last week that if they play average the team is average. Well since the all star break "average" is generously where they've played. They are (exception Rondo) all over thirty, basically all jump shooters and I am guessing they need a second wind because they are slumping. It seems like so many of their shot artempts are jumpers which in the beginning of the season they were making at a record rate. Then you add in a slumping/slightly dinged Rondo who is not only struggling with his shot but his decision making. Baby Davis getting creamed on the defensive boards and also poor decison making. Trying to incorporate new players in the rotation and what you have is a perfect storm of basketball mediocrity.

  • Dee

    I am adding an addendum to my last notes. Getting the O'neal brothers back is not going to help in the short run as again a transition period will need to take place hence sooner rather than later is paramount. They need more points in the paint inside/out basketball and protecting their defensive boards at a much better rate to have any shot in the playoffs. This is where they do miss Perk, although I do not disagree with the trade. Defensively will come back sooner as they haven't dipped that much, They can't consistently score over the 48 minutes. love the green and this is definetly their last shot with this group with an emerging Chicago and Miami, but this is a problem that only time will heal and I don't know if they have it.

  • Rondolover

    wow…. all of you are alll just haters on Rondo!!!!! He is a huge part of the team and you all just wish you were just like him.. And "celticfan" you're the cry baby. Rondo is one of the best players on the celtics, and your just jealous it's not you. please, get over yourself! I <3 RAJON RONDO!

  • henry

    rondo is a good player you just cant call him a cry baby because he hurt his pinky well after all he did he wont have a hurt pinky anymore the celtics wont be what they are today ha your teams wont win anymore because of the celtics and rondo ha who needs the players on your team after they got beat by the celtics all the players will start crying to there mommy rondo is the best player in the nba with micheal jordan left out no one can beat rondo now no one can beat rondo on one on one or five on five rondo dosnt even have to pass the ball all your players will start sobbing to there mommy ha ha ha ha

  • henry

    well thank you rondolover your a good friend BUT EVERYBODY ELSE ARE JUST HA TERS ON RONDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow you guys might like the dumbest basketball player in the nba and that is EVERYBODY IN THE NBA EXCEPT RONDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why just why do you have to be haters yea one day you will think rondo is the best player in the nba but if you dont like rondo shoo you will say '' uuuuuu im stupid because i hate rondo doiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii'' well geuss what you guys are just stupid heads because you dont like rajon rondo what how do you like me now haters ha