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He will play, but how good can Rondo be in Game 4?

May 9, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

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The good news for the Celtics: An MRI of Rajon Rondo’s left elbow showed no break. Basically, it’s not going to get worse.

The bad news: As expected, the swelling and pain got worse on Sunday, Doc Rivers said. There was a lot of ice and a lot of pain medication, as reported by the New York Times.

Rondo is officially a game time decision, but if you think he is going to sit out then I am a Nigerian Prince with a can’t miss financial offer for you. He was on the court for shootaround Monday but did not speak to the media. Carlos Arroyo said he is ready to go, CSN New England’s A. Sherrod Blakely reported.

The bigger question is how effective he can be as a one-armed point guard? In Game 3 his return to the court in the fourth quarter was inspirational for the Celtics, but just having him out there in Game 4 will not be enough.

Defensively, the Heat may change strategy on Rondo. Before, they laid off him and basically dared him to shoot the jumper. But now, don’t be shocked if the Heat shade him heavily and try to force him to go left. Make him use is bad arm, go to his bad side.

Also, Miami may try to attack with whomever Rondo is guarding. Not with Mike Bibby off the dribble, but rather running him off screens from big men — dare Rondo to deal with contact rubbing off those screens. Be physical with Rondo. Not Andrew Bynum cheep-shot physical, but don’t shy away from the contact.

Boston needs to get more production out of the point guard position, and that means Delonte West (and his sore shoulder) need to step up. Rondo may get a couple of points in transition, he will get some assists, but he is not going to provide the production. West needs to off the bench. They also need Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to step up with big games.

Miami is going to play better than they did in Game 3. This will be the Celtics biggest test. And what they get out of Rondo will go a long way to them passing it.

  1. danvoges - May 9, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    is d wade being fined for that? i mean its clear he intentionally brought rondo down. i know he didnt mean to hurt him that bad but the takedown was unneccesary to say the least.

    • hnirobert3 - May 9, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      Dude, it’s the NBA, not the WNBA.

    • andyhr17 - May 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

      It’s a play that “appeared” to be intentional, but I’m sure (hope) that was not his intent. That was nothing fine-worthy (and this is coming from a Celtics fan)

      • nfl25 - May 9, 2011 at 2:37 PM

        i am not a celtics fan. and i dont hate dwade, but i feel like some reporters are on another planet when they say they got tangled.
        please scorll to the bottom and watch in slow mo. this is the best video out there. notice that wade wasnt even falling, he fell purposley to sweep rondos legs.

  2. dgbk - May 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Any news on bosh sore neck?? Will he tough it out.

  3. andyhr17 - May 9, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he woke up this morning with a yeast infection.

    Seriously. He played bad because of an ouchie neck and he was “nervous”. I’m sure Garnett will have nothing to say to him about those comments during the game.

  4. bobwsc - May 9, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    “Not Andrew Bynum cheep-shot physical,”

    ok, how about D-Wade “cheap-shot physical?” or is he above being called out?

  5. Ryan Karhut - May 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Here’s the video of Rondo’s injury and his epic return.

    Rondo: From Gruesome Injury To Hero:

  6. lilevil74 - May 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Only time will tell on Rondo’s effectiveness. He certainly favored that arm when he returned. Many one armed passes. However, most of his shots are one armed floaters anyways. So, stick it to them Rondo! GO CELTICS!

  7. spearhard - May 9, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Rondo is as tough as a football player. I wanted to buy his jersey before and now ill wear it proudly. What other NBA player would do what he did?

  8. passerby23 - May 9, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Got to love Rondo’s heart, but it’s hard to imagine him having much of an impact with one arm. It’s too bad because this series is just starting to get interesting.

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