The Celtics passed along the news just now, as it appears the team has dodged a major bullet, with no structural damage to Rajon Rondo’s left elbow after the All-Star point guard dislocated it during the third quarter of Game 3.
The team is calling Rondo a game-time decision for Game 4, but undoubtedly this news ups the odds for the C’s floor general being able to suit up for the crucial contest at TD Garden. A few other updates on the team which had a film session and light practice this afternoon over in Waltham. (Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com)
Doc Rivers on Rondo’s and West chances of playing tomorrow: “I’m optimistic about both, that they’re going to play,” said Rivers. “I don’t know why I am, but I am. I just don’t know how well either one can play. But like I’ve said, if you’re on the floor, you’re healthy, and that’s the way it’s been. That’s been my motto since I’ve been here and our guys believe that.”
“I think it was Kevin [Garnett] actually who said it, what I always say, ‘If you’re in uniform, you’re healthy. If you’re not healthy, you’re not in uniform.’ That’s how we always viewed it,” Rivers said. “And we will make no excuses [Monday]. [Monday] is a playoff game, it’s Game 4, and we have to win. That’s all we have to think about.”
On Shaq: “It’s day to day with Shaq and his body, and his life in the NBA, but I do think he’ll be able to [provide a similar effort to Game 3],”
On the possibility Carlos Arroyo will have to suit up: “It helps that he knows their stuff. But knowing our stuff is really important as well. And he’s been here long enough, so he knows that as well.