Rajon Rondo left last night's game against the Utah Jazz in the third quarter after suffering what appeared to be an ankle injury. The Boston Celtics' guard returned to the bench in the fourth quarter, and the team confirmed he rolled his ankle. However, he was not able to return to the game.
According to Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe, Rondo's status for tonight's game is uncertain. The Celtics take on the Brooklyn Nets in New York. Coach Doc Rivers spoke ater the game about Rondo's injury:
“I mean, [an injury is] going to happen,” said Rivers. “He’s not going to play all 82, Idoubt it. It’d be nice. You know how I think, the next guy, just somebody, has to step up and we have to figure it out.”Rondo has averaged 10.9 points per game in his career and 8.1 assists. Rondo has emerged as one of the game's most unselfish players. He has been talked about as having the skills to one day set the all-time assists record. In fact, he managed to finish with 10 assists last night despite missing more than a quarter of action. So, it's quite clear his importance to the team. Without him, the Celtics' offense completely changes.
The Celtics are already sporting a new look without Ray Allen. Allen took a lesser contract to play for the Miami Heat in the offseason. Nevertheless, the Celtics look like a team that should be able to compete in the Eastern Conference.
Rondo's injury does not look too serious, which is obviously good news for Boston, but he will be a game-time decision tonight as he is evaluated further.