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Rajon Rondo Injury: Updates on Celtics PG's Ankle

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 15, 2012

Rajon Rondo had to go to the locker room late in the third quarter against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday after rolling his right ankle while elevating.

UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 12:33 p.m. ET by Justin Welton

According to Boston.com, Celtics' head coach Doc Rivers says that Rajon Rondo will play Saturday against the Toronto Raptors. 

"He looks fine," Rivers said. "He's good."

Rondo's assists streak may have come to an end, but at least he will be on the floor Saturday to start a new one.

Boston lost its game on Thursday night at Brooklyn without the all-star point guard. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:05 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Still hobbled by a sprained right ankle, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will not be in the lineup on Thursday against the Brooklyn Nets, according to team play-by-play announcer Sean Grande

 

Rajon Rondo is out tonight.Leandro Barbosa will start in his place.More to come...

— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) November 16, 2012

 

With Leandro Barbosa starting in Rondo's place, the Nets will undoubtedly see a far different Boston squad. It will certainly be interesting to see whether the Celtics' offense will be able to survive without the star point guard. 

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 11:40 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Rondo is considered "day to day" after spraining his right ankle against the Jazz on Wednesday, according to Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com.

The three-time All-Star will be assessed before Thursday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 10:18 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to the Boston Celtics' Twitter, Rondo's status for Thursday's game versus the Brooklyn Nets is up in the air:

Doc on Rondo's ankle: "Not sure (on his status for tomorrow vs Brooklyn). With sprained ankles, tomorrow we'll know more."

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 15, 2012

 

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Kyle Draper of Comcast SportsNet New England tweeted:

Rondo heading to locker room after tweaking ankle it looked like. Update coming in minutes #CelticsTalk

— Kyle Draper (@kylerdraper) November 15, 2012

 

Rondo has had a fantastic start to the season for the Boston Celtics. Heading into Wednesday's game, he was averaging 15.4 points, 12.9 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals while shooting 52 percent from the floor. He had just posted 20 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and five steals in the Celtics' 101-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday.

Rondo has carried the team so far this season, particularly with Paul Pierce struggling from the field in the early going. He's widely regarded as one of the game's best point guards, on both sides of the ball, and his impact for Boston cannot be overstated.

In Rondo's past two seasons in Boston, he's averaged over 11 assists per game while playing stifling defense and creating turnovers. He already had 10 assists before walking off the floor on Wednesday, marking the 32nd straight game he had posted 10 assists or more, per the Boston Celtics. He held Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings to 1-of-11 shooting just two games ago.

Leandro Barbosa, an offseason signing, took over for Rondo in the game. Barbosa has shot over 46 percent for his career, but he's never been known as a great distributor or defender.

The Celtics, along with their fans, are hoping Rondo is OK in a competitive Atlantic division that includes the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers.

 

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