Rajon Rondo wanted to play tonight against Phoenix but coach Doc Rivers never planned on playing his starting point guard after receiving a text message last night from head trainer Ed Lacerte suggesting that he sit Rondo with a sprained right wrist. An MRI taken last night was negative.
Rondo was injured in a spill Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors when he was flipped to the floor by Linas Kleiza. Rondo landed awkwardly on his wrist and attempted his free throws but then left the game. He participated in shootaround this morning with a splint on the worst and planned to play but was told he would be out.
Avery Bradley got the start against Phoenix and future Hall of Famer Steve Nash. Rondo is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Washington Wizards.
Rivers said the Celtics will still try to run but will use Paul Pierce as another ballhandler.
“We’ll try not to run a point guard offense tonight,” Rivers said. “It’s hard. But we still want to run. We still want to attack.”