Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  5 responses

Rajon Rondo on His Muscle Spasms in Game 4

Rondo struggled against the Magic last night, but refused to blame the poor play on his health. From ESPN: “Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo downplayed the muscle spasms that sent him to the locker room before the end of the first half of Boston’s 96-92 overtime loss to Orlando on Monday, chalking up his quiet night to simply a poor personal performance. ‘I’m fine, I just didn’t play well,’ said Rondo. Rondo, limited by three first-half fouls, registered only five points and four assists in 15:08 before the intermission and retreated to the locker room with strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo with 1:16 remaining in the second quarter. He returned to action to start the third quarter, but finished with nine points, eight assists, three rebounds, and three steals over 42:57 — quiet for Rondo’s lofty playoff standards. But both he and Rivers suggested the injury had little to do with any lack of production. ‘I didn’t even know [about Rondo retreating to the locker room],’ Rivers said after the game. ‘I knew early on he said he was fatigued. He told, I think [trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] and maybe when he went in, that was the spasms he was talking about. Honestly, I didn’t check. When I came in at halftime, he said he was good. I don’t really ask. If the trainer comes to you, then you know it’s something serious. If he doesn’t, you just let it go.”‘

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  • http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/nursetpd/TSB/Danny_Ainge_Shamwow.gif ENDS

    yeah thats it

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Doc didn’t know his startig PG went to the locker room??? Who are these guys paying attention too…the dance teams??

  • The Philosopher

    @Dacre: Doc was in “spin talk” mode. NBA guys do this all of the time.

  • LA Huey

    Unless I get to see some gnarly swelling or wound, media needs to give it a rest on the injury reports. Everybody is hurt this time a year.

  • BostonBaller

    I agree w/ LA Huey on the media spin on “injuries”, haven’t you seen guys w/ huge ice packs wrapped around various limbs while on the bench? As far as Doc being in “media talk mode”, that’s funny and most of the time true about all coaches. On things like this Doc is absolutely right. RR went to the locker less than 2 minutes to go in the half. Doc was watching the action on the court and actually coaching. Why or how would he see RR go to the locker behind him or why would he notice he wasn’t on the bench right away since he wasn’t going to put him back in before halftime? If it had been at the end of a qtr I’m sure he would have been told before hand that a player was leaving.