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Rajon Rondo is a Boston Celtic in every sense of the word. Pridefull and courageous with a belief in brotherhood. His valiant effort in this playoff series has drawn praise from all around the league. Celtic lovers and haters! As the Celtics now face a 3-1 deficit against a Miami team that finally figured out how to beat them in a close game, Doc Rivers finds himself with a difficult question going into Game 5. Does he play Rajon Rondo in crunch time? The answer to that question at the end of Game 4 was a shocking NO. That decision has already left Doc unsettled and unsure.

"Yeah you know guys, listen, I don't know what the right call was," said Rivers in the post game press conference. "He struggled getting the ball, the guys in their right spots. I loved his defense for the most part." Doc later added "We needed more scoring on the floor, that was the main reason we did it."


But would Rivers do it again? Rondo missed a lay-up in the closing seconds at the end of regulation in Game 4 that would have given the Celtics an 86-84 lead. The fact is Rondo missed that lay-up as he drove right on his non-injured arm. He just missed it, it happens. The injury was not the cause of the miss nor was it the single reason Boston lost, but skeptics think that Rivers looked at that play as a reason to sit Rondo most of the overtime period.

If Rondo is unable to attack, finish, and cause havoc defensively with his lightning quick hands then Rivers indeed may look elsewhere should the situation pose itself again. That said an injured Rondo is still better than 90% of the point guards in the league and certainly better than any floor general the Heat have to counter with. Either way Rondo is going to play and be valiant in his effort. Lets hope that Doc makes the right decision. Better yet lets hope the Celtics have a double digit lead in the closing minutes and it becomes a mute point all together.

WShaw 5/10/2011 04:00:00 PM Edit
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28 Responses so far.

  1. JR says:

    Nice post WShaw. Huge Rondo fan here, but it's a topic worth discussing. I'm sure Doc will debate this in his head and make the right adjustments. Have the Celtics doctors said whether this will get better in the coming days and hopefully weeks or are they not telling us anything?

  2. Anonymous says:

    THE AMAZING RONDOOOOOO!!!!!!

  3. WShaw says:

    JR thanks for the fix on the format. I haven't heard anything real from the team regarding recovery from the team in my research but... this was a nice article. http://www.csnne.com/05/08/11/Dr-M-How-a-dislocated-elbow-might-affect/landing_celtics.html?blockID=519005&feedID=3945 It more or less says worse case scenario would be 3 weeks and he wouldn't be able to play. Since he is playing I guess it's not worst case scenario, just extremely uncomfortable.

  4. Anonymous says:

    so Rondo won't need surgery?

  5. Beantown says:

    I mean it's worth questioning but what it comes down to is the fact that Doc knows these guys better than anyone. He's the one that's with them all the time and I'm sure he consulted with the assistants too. Sometimes coaches make a decision on their gut and what has worked in the past and he played great in game 3. If he makes that layup in the 4th, they'd be on PTI right now talking about him being with the greatest injured series of all time.

  6. Beantown says:

    By the way not knocking the article at all I understand the point you're making but just in my opinion I would defer to Doc who knows these guys better than anyone.

  7. Rondo Owns Miami says:

    well said beantown. i totally agree with you.

  8. WShaw says:

    Beantown we are all good. I would defer to Doc as well. What I was trying to elude to was that I found it interesting that Doc himself was unsure of his decision. He usually is very firm and decisive with a great human rationale to his thinking. It will more than likely be a game to game, situation to situation thing with Rondo here on out.

  9. HeatFan says:

    He*s fakin' anyway.

  10. leann says:

    Rondo is a champion, and he has heart. I can't see him sitting out at all in this series. Sure its a risk to play him, but its a risk not to. Doc has a gift for making good game time decisions , and he won't let us down now.

  11. leann says:

    Heat Fan.... Why are you still here? Celtics have real injuries and enough heart to play through them. Your guys get stiff necks, and insult reporters to take the attention off how classless and sorry they really are.

  12. Rondo owns Miami says:

    HeatFan, you're a dumbass. feel free to click this link and watch it FULL SCREEN. LOOK AT THE ELBOW. HE'S OBVIOUSLY NOT FAKING IT. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfCMqT05No8

  13. Rondo owns Miami says:

    well, copy and paste it....

  14. HeatFan says:

    First Pierce with the wheelchair and now this. Celtics will always be known for fakin'.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Will never forgive Wade for this. You injure a

  16. Anonymous says:

    HeatFan, you're hopeless.

  17. Anonymous says:

    HeatFan, the only reason you're talking crap is because you signed a quitter that crawled all the way to Miami on ALL FOURS begging for a ring. Same with Chris Bostrich, but he's a joke.

    Bosh's game comes and go like periods for women...

  18. leann says:

    Heat fan... Is there any footage of Bosh's so so real neck injury? Or how about some proof that Lebron and Wade aren't really lovers....

  19. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone ever thought that maybe there is something more going on in the NBA? Like a conspiracy? Celts should have won the finals last year, but Perk got injured, and the Lakers won. Then this big Heat wave, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and wants them to win. I am still a Celtic fan, however. Then they trade Perk. Yeah just give OKC a weapon. Now Rondo is hurt, it seems like a setup to get Miami to the finals, but I was wondering if I am the only one who feels this way. Remember the NBA is a business, and most business has greedy head honchos who are in it for the money. I really hope I am wrong.

  20. Anonymous says:

    HeatFan, what about Dwayne Wade's shoulder injury? Was that fake? You're hopeless...

  21. mrobinstone says:

    The Legend of Rajon Rondo!

  22. QD says:

    Leann, there's no possible way that we could see footage of Bosh's neck injury, unless there were cameras in his hotel room... remember, he woke up. Even the reporters laughed at him.

    As far as RR faking his injury, you have to ingore ingnorance, "Heatfan"(and I put that in quotations, because it still hasn't been proved that they exist) is a troll and likes to get ppl riled up. RR's armed bent backwards and was seen on film, you can't fake that unless he's in cahoots with the camera men who film NBA games and decided to pull for a camera trick.

  23. ZC says:

    Haters are just sour grapes. Not surprised that most of the hate comments came from the bandwagon fans of Heat/Lakers.

  24. Anonymous says:

    still no one answered my question, do you think something underhanded, or some type of conspiracy going on in the NBA?

  25. ZC says:

    You must be new to the world. Conspiracies are not new to the sports scene. Especially when loads of cash are involved in the process.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/03/sports/basketball/03donaghy.html

  26. Anonymous says:

    HeatFan loves the Celtics!!! He's still commenting here! He's a closet Celtics fan who has a Celtics shirt in his closet.

  27. LuvP2 says:

    The question shouldn't be will Rondo play tonight, we should be asking if Bosh will be able to play thru his nasty menstrual cycle....

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