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NBA Playoffs: Rondo dislocates left elbow, returns to game

May 7, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

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It’s something you always hate to see in basketball, especially in a series as important as this one.

With seven minutes remaining in the third quarter of Game 3 of the Miami/Boston series, Rajon Rondo poked the ball away from Dwyane Wade. As the ball went out of bounds, Wade attempted to keep Rondo from getting the ball, lost his balance, wrapped his arm around Rondo and both players went to the floor. Rondo definitely took the worst of the impact, and appeared to suffer a serious injury to his left arm.

Before getting injured, Rondo had recorded two points, 10 assists, and five turnovers. For the series, Rondo has averaged 14 points and 9.5 assists per game on 38.5% shooting. We will keep you updated on the injury as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Rondo suffered what the Celtics are calling a dislocated left elbow. Celtics trainers reportedly “popped the elbow back into place,” and Rondo returned to the game in the fourth quarter.

Which, if you saw the injury, is ridiculous. He played essentially one handed but has picked up a rebound and an assist. This is tremendous heart from the point guard.

  1. goldkj - May 7, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Pop the elbow back in place, head to the scorers table. Ready to check in. That’s old school toughness.

    • andyhr17 - May 7, 2011 at 11:02 PM

      That’s the kind of spark the team needed to get them back in this series. A one-armed Rondo is better than a good deal of point guards in the NBA. Sure, he probably can’t make a jumper now….but he couldn’t before the injury. He can still play defense and find open players.

  2. nfl25 - May 7, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    am i the only one that noticed that dwade did that on purpose? first he tried to pull paul pierce down with him when ppierce fouled him, then he put his leg behind rondo’s leg and pulled him down. it was 100% obvious what he did. i used to be a dwade fan but that was a bi$ch move.

  3. frankvzappa - May 7, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    D Wade sucks, definitely intentional, sore loser move

    • pff - May 8, 2011 at 12:11 AM

      “D Wade sucks”

      uh, okay dude

  4. jm9ulose - May 7, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Seriously, if anyone thinks Wade knew Rondo’s elbow was gonna pop out of place when he pulled him down, your delusional. People commit fouls intentionally all the time, Wade was trying to keep him from the ball, not injure him. If James would have blew out his ACL in game 1 when Rondo tackled him, would C’s fans have said he did it on purpose and he is dirty? NO. Wade did foul him but the takedown was hardly flagrant. Unfortunately Rondo landed awkwardly, but come on, saying Wade hurt him on purpose is a joke. But props to Rondo for coming back and even being effective after the injury. He showed great heart

    • clarkeyj1 - May 7, 2011 at 11:23 PM

      genius*, create an injury*

    • nfl25 - May 7, 2011 at 11:48 PM

      did anyone say he intentionally dislocated his elbow? he swept his legs out and took him down cuz he got mad, nobody thinks he knew his elbow would dislocate. to be honest i like when my team does a hard foul to send a message. but if my team did somethin like what d wade just did, i would think they had no heart, it was like a little girl move. i am not a celtics fan so its not like i am just mad about rondo.

    • nfl25 - May 7, 2011 at 11:51 PM

      just curious have u ever seen any other nba player sweep someones legs like that? i havent

      also not that it matters but rondo had no shot at the ball

  5. nicosamuelson2 - May 8, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    All Wade did was give the C’s a taste of their own medicine.

    • mornelithe - May 8, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      Their own medicine? Really? Who’ve the Celtics hurt that badly?

      Personally, I’d like to see Shaq come out, knowing it’s one of his few remaining years, and just choke slam Wade straight into the court. He makes enough to pay the fines. He’s ineffectual enough for the Celtics to be able to do without him. Just brake Wade in half, right on the court.

  6. me04015 - May 8, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    The entire Boston garden chanting D-Wade sucks over and over after he intentionally pulled Rondo down to the floor sums up the game.

    What he did wouldn’t have bothered me half as much until the disgusted look his face after the play when he realized he wasn’t going to the line.

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