First and foremost, let’s be clear: we never wish injury upon any professional athlete and we would never take glee in anyone being hurt. That said, the Brooklyn Nets are still a team searching for its identity and riding a three game win streak, will look to make it four against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.
Unfortunately for the Celtics, they may be without one of their key cogs…
“Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo sprained his right ankle in Wednesday’s 98-93 win over the Utah Jazz and is day to day. He will be re-evaluated before Thursday night’s game with the Brooklyn Nets.
Rondo landed awkwardly after a baseline drive with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter. After missing a layup, he hopped all the way across the court to the front row of seats before limping back to the bench. He soon retreated to the locker room with Celtics trainer Ed Lacerte.
Rondo returned later in the quarter and was cleared for action, but Celtics coach Doc Rivers didn’t want to risk putting him back on the floor.
‘I just felt like it’s too early to take that chance,’ Rivers said.”
Moke Hamilton, NBA AnalystThe Celtics are one of the deeper teams in the NBA, but Rondo is the one player they absolutely cannot do without. Fortunately for the Celtics, the injury doesn’t seem very serious, but Doc Rivers said it best… It’s too early to be taking chances.
Without Rondo, the Celtics will certainly be a slower team and will have to execute in a halfcourt set without its floor general. They can certainly do it, but without Rondo, the Nets stand a much better chance of winning against a quality opponent.