Rajon Rondo sprained his left ankle after Orlando center Dwight Howard stepped on it during a first-quarter layup. Rondo eventually got up, made the free throw, and played the rest of the game. After the game, Rondo was walking gingerly but still felt positive he would play tomorrow. He recently missed two games with a sprained left ankle.
"I feel bad. It hurts," Rondo said. "I played on adrenaline really. When I first got up I was cool and I wanted to make the free throw and I just keep playing. It's both ankles now. What's killing me is it seems like I just step on somebody's shoe or someone steps on my foot. It's not like someone is coming at me spraining my ankles.
"I plan on playing [against Atlanta]. I have a long day to rest [today]. I will ice both of them when I get there tomorrow and stay off my heat."
Doc keeps saying that his main goal is to get the Celtics healthy for the playoffs. Rondo has been having problems with his ankles and it seems every game he tweaks them again. He admits it is both ankles and that they hurt. Doc is micromanaging KG's minutes. He is being cautious with Leon and Scal. But, Rondo continues to play on ankles that are less than 100%
We have slipped to the third seed and that isn't all that bad a place to be. Granted we will play an extra series without home court advantage but Doc keeps saying if we are 100% healthy we can beat anyone anywhere. So, why aren't Rondo's gimpy ankles more of a concern? We can hold onto the 3rd seed even with Rondo on the bench. It would give Marbury more playing time to get his game on track. And we would have a healthy Rondo going into the playoffs. Doc needs to give Rondo a couple of games off whether he wants to sit or not. We need him healthy more than any other player on this team and continuing to play on 2 sore ankles isn't going to get it done. I don't understand how Doc can continue to insist that being healthy is his main goal and then continue to play Rondo on 2 sore ankles that seem to get sorer with every game. Can he play? Probably. Should he play? Absolutely not.