Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was diagnosed with a strained left hamstring after the game. Rondo received treatment and was seen walking through the locker room without a visible limp. He sustained the injury at the 6:19 mark in the fourth quarter, landing on Thunder guard Royal Ivey after being called for a charge.
“That’s what the doctor said,” Rondo said when asked to clarify the injury. “I’ll just get treatment [Saturday] and we’ll see.”
If Rondo can’t play Sunday, Delonte West is the likely starter against the Raptors.
“I’m very confident in what I’m able to do out there on the floor,” said West. “If he’s unable to go, I’m going to do what I do best. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m going to be the guy that gets my number called. At the same time, I prepare myself well and I’ll be ready to go.”
West had a chance to tie tonight’s game but missed a three-pointer from the corner.
“I prepare myself to shoot those type of shots,” said West. “And the ball didn’t bounce the way I wanted it to.”
Celtics coach Doc Rivers praised West’s defense on Russell Westbrook. The Thunder guard torched the Celtics for 31 points but missed all seven shots he took in the fourth quarter, mostly with West on him.
“Delonte played pretty well,” said Rivers. “I thought defensively Delonte was terrific. I thought he did the best job of all of our guards, kind of slowing them down. Clearly you want Rondo on the floor all of the time because offensively it’s tough to run your stuff when your guy who knows your whole system is not out on the floor. But I don’t know how Rondo is; I have no idea. I just knew he wasn’t running right and had to come out.”
In a funny moment, West, who was dressed in jeans, a button up shirt, and a tie (think Mr. Schuster on Glee) slipped up when talking about his defense.
“Look at me,” said West. “I look like a substitute teacher, but I can’t even talk.”