Rajon Rondo Injury: Celtics Guard Will Miss 'A Couple Weeks' With Sprained Ankle

Rajon Rondo suffered a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter of the Celtics' 118-116 win over the Knicks, and general manager Danny Ainge said he would sit out for a couple weeks.

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Rajon Rondo Injury: Celtics Guard Expected To Miss 'A Couple Weeks' With Sprained Ankle

After Rajon Rondo played through yet another injury, this time a sprained ankle, in the Celtics' 118-116 win over the New York Knicks on Friday night, Celtics fans implored the team to consider letting Rondo sit out some games to heal. It looks like the Celtics are on the same page. 

In a radio interview on WEEI, general manager Danny Ainge said the team has decided to let Rondo sit out for "a couple weeks." Via Paul Flannery:

Danny Ainge just said on WEEI that Rajon Rondo would be out for 'a couple of weeks.' It's the ankle.    

Rondo suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of last night's game, but played through it, albeit while in visible pain. He's also suffered from plantar fasciitis, left knee pain and a sore left hamstring this season. He's clearly very important to the Celtics, but the team is 20-4 and can afford to play shorthanded while he recovers. It would be worse if Rondo was not ready in June.

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Rajon Rondo Injury: Should The Boston Celtics Rest Him?

Rajon Rondo has suffered through a ton of nagging injuries this season, and you can now add a sprained ankle to the list. Rondo suffered that injury in the fourth quarter of the Celtics' 118-116 win over the Knicks on Wednesday night. He played through it, but there's a good chance he will have to sit out on Thursday when the Celtics take on the Atlanta Hawks.

But there are some people who believe Rondo should sit out even longer than that. At 20-4, the Celtics have given themselves some breathing room to come back to the back should they decide to sit Rondo. That's why SB Nation's Celtics Blog is pleading with the organization to give Rondo a break to get healthy again.

Please, Doc (or whomever this may concern). I'm begging now. Handcuff Rondo to the bench if you have to. Or, better yet, kidnap him and force him to stay in the locker room, where he can elevate and ice his sprained ankle.

Winning regular season games is nice, but the ultimate goal is an NBA championship. Keep your eyes on the Larry O'Brien trophy. Let Rondo rest until his maladies are healed, or at least improved.

Considering the Celtics went to the NBA Finals despite a lackluster regular season last year, resting Rondo may indeed be the smart move long-term.

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Rajon Rondo Injury: Celtics Guards Suffers Sprained Ankle In Win Over Knicks

The Boston Celtics have gotten off to a 20-4 start despite a multitude of nagging injuries to Rajon Rondo. Rondo has suffered from plantar fasciitis in both his feet, a sore left hamstring and pain in his left knee already this season. Now, you can add another injury to the list: a sprained ankle.

Rondo said he suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the team' 118-116 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. He was trying to make a quick move and his ankle hit the ground and turned a bit. He went out of the game for three minutes to receive treatment, but came back in later and ended up playing on the injury. It's yet another example of Rondo playing through the kind of pain that keeps most players out of action.

Rondo wants to continue playing through the pain. However, the team is preparing to play without him when the team takes on the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday. Via A Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England:

Although Rondo is hopeful that he will play against the Hawks, his teammates are already gearing up as if their playmaker won't be on the floor.

"He's been banged up over the last month," said Paul Pierce, who hit the game-winning shot with 0.4 seconds to play. "Probably a slim chance we'll have him tomorrow. We played a few games without him. It happens, but hey, what's new for us? We're used to guys going down. We keep finding ways."    

For the Celtics' sake, it might be best to sit Rondo down for a bit so he can get healthy. At 20-4, they're in good enough shape to drop a few games and still be near the top of the Eastern Conference.

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