The signs get better and better regarding Rajon Rondo’s availability for tonight’s critical Game 4 matchup. The team participated in a shootaround earlier this morning in Waltham, and Rondo took part with his teammates. Unsurprisingly, he did not speak with the media afterwards, but one of Rondo’s potential fill-ins Carlos Arroyo assured everyone, he was ready according to Greg Payne of ESPNBoston.com
“I think [Rondo’s] ready to go,” said Arroyo. “He’s a warrior and he demonstrated that last game. We were all surprised, the fact that he came back after that injury. I know he’s ready. He wants to play, he wants to win. And Delonte, he was banged up but he’s ready to go. I’m always ready. I’m always ready for the challenge and obviously playing my old team would be even more motivating for me.”
When reporters entered the team’s practice facility Rondo was seen shooting free throws, but did not appear to be sporting any sort of sleeve or brace on the injured elbow. When Rondo returned to the floor on Saturday after suffering the injury, he played almost solely with his right arm, but Arroyo said he was moving his left arm more this morning.
“Yeah, a little bit,” Arroyo said of Rondo moving his left arm. “It still bothers him. He’s sore. It was a huge injury. But I know he’s ready.”
“He’ll know how he feels more than me. But he’s ready to go.”
What can you say? The guy’s a warrior. On the Heat side of things, multiple reports are saying Spoelstra is staying mum on any potential lineup/inactive changes for tonight’s game. Will we see Big Z displaced from the starting five? We probably won’t know until lineup intros tonight, but I would expect some kind of change.