Rajon Rondo leaves with wrist injury, X-rays negative

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If there is one player the Boston Celtics could not afford to lose this seas0n, it would be Rajon Rondo.

Which is why there were deep breaths taken Rondo took a hard foul by Toronto’s Linas Kleiza with 2:12 left in the third quarter. Rondo — who was in scoring not assist mode all night, finishing with 21 points and 2 assists — was driving the lane for a layup when he took a hard hit from Kleiza, one that caused Rondo to fall awkwardly. His right wrist got caught between himself and the floor. Kleiza was given a flagrant 1 foul for the hit.

Rondo hit one of his two foul shots then walked to the locker room with what was described as a “sore wrist” and did not return to the game.

After the game, Rondo said X-rays on the wrist were negative and said he was day-to-day. The Celtics are off until Friday when they host the Phoenix Suns.