LOS ANGELES — With a brace on his left foot, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo walked gingerly to the podium on the floor of the Staples Center to update the media on the status of his sprained ankle. Rondo said definitely he expects to play in Game 4 against the Lakers tomorrow night.
“Nobody in this league is 100 percent, but I’m sure I’ll play tomorrow night,” he said. “It hurts a lot…it’s very sore.”
Rondo said he will do some light practicing today but probably won’t do much running. He had treatment on the ankle this morning and said he will keep icing it and keeping it elevated. X-Rays on his ankle were negative.
“It was sore when I first woke up this morning,” he said. “I almost fell out of bed. But the more time I put weight on it today, the better it got.”
The Celtics point guard said he’s glad he has 24 hours to rest before the next game. Though he returned to the game last night in the fourth quarter, he said that was more a product of adrenaline than him suddenly healing.
If Rondo can’t play, Eddie House and Sam Cassell would be the logical choices to take his minutes.
“We’ll see tomorrow,” said Cassell. “If I have to play extended minutes, I’ll play. I’m looking forward to it, but I don’t want him [to be hurt]. Who knows.”
UPDATE (4:54 p.m. EST): Rondo did some light conditioning work with the team, then stood on the sideline while the rest of the players did some more vigorous running. Rondo did participate in a couple of offensive drills, however, running the offense without an opposing defense.
“It wasn’t that big of a deal,” said Brown. “Just a little emotion, elbows here and there. I just walked away. I told [the official] that the technicals weren’t warranted. That weren’t that of a deal.”
Brown is as mild mannered as they come, but he explained that sometimes he has to mix it up.
“It gets rough out there,” said Brown. “You can’t be a softie. If it gets a little nasty, it gets a little nasty.”
Farmar and Sasha Vujacic were the two Lakers players that logged the most minutes off the bench last night. Both players say they know their roles off the bench, knowing Jackson could call on them at anytime.
“Every time, somebody is going to come up big like that,” said Vujacic. “Yesterday I had the opportunity to fill it up more than other players…when the whole team is involved, good things will happen.”
Vujacic jumped off the stat sheet with 20 points, but Los Angeles was plus-9 in the 20 minutes that Farmar was on the floor.
“We just have to come in and contribute,” said Farmar. “It just happened to be [Vujacic] at the end of the extra pass, and he was knocking down his shots. That’s what makes our team difficult to guard. We have so many guys who can do so many different things.”