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Rondo to have MRI, expected to go in Game 4

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As you would expect, Rajon Rondo is going to have an MRI on his left elbow after his injury Saturday night.

And as you would expect, he is going to play in Game 4 regardless of what the MRI says.

That’s basically the story from coach Doc Rivers of Celtics practice Sunday, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England (via twitter).

Doc on Rondo’s elbow: “It hurts, and obviously it was far more painful today in some ways; a lot of swelling. That was expected.”

Both Shaquille O’Neal — who had swelling as well despite moving at the pace of a lumbering elephant all game — and Rondo will have tests but both are epected to go in Game 4.

Rondo is clearly the more serious situation. He was inspirational playing with one arm basically in the fourth quarter. But Miami will play better in Game 4 and the Celtics are going to need more production out of the point guard spot if they are going to head back to Miami for Game 5 tied.

What Rondo can give them remains to be seen.

Rajon Rondo, just like Celtics, bounces back for win

Miami Heat's Wade and Boston Celtics Rondo tangle in second half of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

Rajon Rondo has been the bellwether for the Celtics. When he is on his game, the Celtics offense flows. When he is off, the team is flat.

In Game 3, he wasn’t really on his game. But he became a Celtics legend, anyway.

He dislocated his left elbow in the third quarter in a gruesome injury. He came back and played the entire fourth quarter, scoring four points and added an assist and a rebound. His performance was at the heart of Boston’s 97-81 win.

The question now becomes can he do it again? Can the Celtics?

The injury happened when Rondo and Dwyane Wade got tangled up in the third quarter. Wade, falling to the ground, seemed to wrap his hand around Rondo, who tried to brace his fall with his left hand. The elbow couldn’t take it.

The injury was gruesome, with his elbow bending the wrong way. There was no way to watch the replay and not think he was done for the series, let alone the game.

Celtics medical staff thought the same thing, but they popped the elbow back into place. Which has to hurt. A lot.

But there was Rondo back out for the fourth quarter, a sleeve over his left arm (along with his customary sleeve on the right) and playing basically one-handed. He made both his shots in the quarter, and his steal at midcourt and layup was one of the best moments of the series.

Rondo was an inspiration on a night the Celtics needed it to stay in the series.

But now comes the real test, winning Game 4 and evening the series 2-2.

Rondo said after the game he would play in Game 4 Monday night. How well, how much he can do with his left arm, could be key because you know Miami is going to show no mercy and attack him. Test him. There is no mid-game adreniline to mask the pain. Boston got the win in Game 3 despite another unimpressive statistical night from Rondo, but it will be harder to do that in Game 4.

But Rondo is a Celtics legend. And those guys always seem to rise to the occassion.

Rondo admits to injured hand during slump, re-aggravates it

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And now we know what has been going on.

During Rajon Rondo’s two-week slump he has been battling an injury to the pinky finger on his right hand — that’s his shooting hand — he admitted to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England. Rondo has shot 37.8 percent in his last 10 games because of it (well off his 48.2 percent on the season).

And he re-aggravated it Saturday against New Orleans.

“My finger, my hand went numb,” Rondo said. “I was a little concerned about it, going back in.”

The injury is not going to cause him to miss any time, but coach Doc Rivers would like to get his minutes down, both for his hand and his legs. The play of the recently returned Delonte West may allow that to happen.

But look for teams to lay off Rondo and dare him to beat them with the jumper until his hand gets right and he can do it.