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Rondo MRI negative, gametime decision for Game 4

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  May 8, 2011 01:30 PM

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WALTHAM -- The Celtics went through a light workout Sunday afternoon an ailing team once again but they received good news on point guard Rajon Rondo. An MRI of his dislocated left elbow was negative and he is listed as a gametime decision for tomorrow's Game 4 against the Miami Heat.

Delonte West (sore left shoulder) underwent treatment and he is also expected to play. Both were hurt during the Celtics' physical 97-81 Game 3 win over the Miami Heat.

Rondo miraculously returned and played the entire fourth quarter but the day after he was sore and was being attended to by Celtics' trainers. West injured the shoulder during Game 3 and Rivers said the injury last night was a major concern. Celtics coach Doc Rivers, speaking before the MRI results were revealed, said he expected Rondo to play.

"Right now we're going with they're all playing," said Rivers, who was including Shaquille O'Neal. "Hopefully we'll know something by the end of our film session. Obviously (Rondo's elbow) was far more painful today, a lot of swelling."

Rivers said the Rondo decision may carry into tomorrow night.

"If he can't help our team (Rondo won't play)," the coach said. "And if he can play, how well can he play and will he help or hurt our team? No. 1, we're not going to hurt the player and we're not going to do anything to hurt the team. It may not be until game time and the game until we find that out. Right now, that may be the case. I am optimistic about both, that they're going to play. I don't know why I am, but I am. I just don't know how well either one can play. But like I said, if they're on the floor, we're healthy."

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