Rajon Rondo Injury: Doc Rivers Optimistic About Celtics Star's Game 4 Chances

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Rajon Rondo Injury: Doc Rivers Optimistic About Game 4

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers says he has a feeling Rajon Rondo will play in Game 4 against the Miami Heat despite that hideous dislocated elbow. The point guard underwent "an MRI and light treatment" Sunday morning, enduring more pain and swelling from the night before, when he himself attributed his resilience to his in-game adrenaline.

Rivers added that he hopes to know more about the status of Rondo, Deltone West and Shaquille O'Neal later Sunday:

No. 1, we're not going to hurt the player and we're not going to do anything to hurt the team. It may not be until game time and the game until we find that out. Right now, that may be the case. I am optimstic about both, that they're going to play.

Be sure to check out our Heat vs. Celtics hub for full series coverage. For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier.

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After Rajon Rondo's Injury, Doc Rivers Defends Dwyane Wade

Some fans see the play involving Dwyane Wade that produced Rajon Rondo's injury as having sinister undertones, but Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers doesn't think the Miami Heat star was trying to hurt anybody. Commenting the day after the gruesome dislocated elbow incident, Rivers said:

It was a hard foul. Let's put it like this. He didn't intend to hurt Rondo. I don't honestly believe in 99 percent of cases in our league the player ever intends to hurt anybody. But he did and it just happens.    

So don't count Doc among those who see evidence of a cruel leg sweep in the peculiar thrusting motion Wade made as he went to the floor with Rondo. Rivers also praised his point guard's toughness in returning to the court despite nearly seeing his entire arm snapped off, no big deal. 

Be sure to check out our Heat vs. Celtics hub for full series coverage. For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier.

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Rajon Rondo Injury: Celtics Point Guard Playing With Dislocated Elbow Vs. Heat

Apparently, Rajon Rondo occupies a rather high rung on the toughness scale: he's playing in the Celtics' Game 3 against the Heat with a dislocated elbow.

Rondo dislocated his left elbow in the third quarter after being pushed to the ground by Dwyane Wade; he went back to the locker room for further examination. But before the quarter was over, Rondo was back on Boston's bench, and as the fourth quarter began, he was on the court.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski sums things up pretty well:

Well, how about this: dislocated left elbow for Rajon Rondo and...he's going to try to play.

Expect the Heat to go left against Rondo in the fourth quarter. A lot.

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Rajon Rondo Injury: Celtics Star Leaves Game 3 Vs. Heat With Hurt Elbow

Rajon Rondo has been key to the Celtics' NBA championship bids since Boston went all in with trades for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. But Rondo's never had an injury quite like the elbow injury he sustained tonight.

After getting involved in a scrum with Dwyane Wade, Rondo was pushed to the floor, landing awkwardly on his elbow. It looked like a dislocated elbow, and Rondo left both the floor and the sideline, heading to the locker room for further examination. He returned to the bench late in the third quarter, but has not re-entered the game.

In Rondo's stead, the Celtics' options at point guard are Delonte West and Carlos Arroyo.

The Celtics haven't exactly struggled without Rondo. When Rondo left the game, Boston led 60-50; since, the Celtics have actually extended their lead, and now have an 11-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Be sure to check out our Heat vs. Celtics hub for full series coverage. For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier.

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