BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Celtics snapped their five-game losing streak with a win over the Raptors, but it came at a cost.
Point guard Rajon Rondo had to leave in the third quarter after falling hard on his right wrist, but it does not seem to be anything serious.
“It’s day-to-day. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” Rondo said after the 96-73 win. “I took a couple of Advil and I’m sure I’ll be OK.”
Rondo On Injury
Rondo went for a driving layup with 2:12 remaining in the third frame and was hit hard by Linas Kleiza. The C’s playmaker landed awkwardly on his back and his right wrist got caught between his body and the floor.
He stayed in to shoot the free throws for the flagrant-1 foul, he hit one-of-two, but left the court and did not return after.
“I’m mad I missed the first one, really,” Rondo said after the game. “It felt pretty good until I flicked my wrist and then it started to sting a little bit. But it’s fine.”
The injury brought back memories of the dislocated elbow he suffered in Game 3 of last year’s playoff series against the Miami Heat. But Rondo said this injury actually hurt more.
“This was different. This I think was more painful honestly. I was just trying to focus on breathing. The other one was more of a shock,” he said.
Rondo said he could have returned, but with the game in hand the best thing for him to do was rest. The Celtics were ahead by 19 points when the injury occurred, so why risk Rondo, who many feel has taken over the team this season.
Despite the scare, Rondo said it was nice to see his team get the job done on the court.
“It was a good feeling. We needed a night like this,” he said. “We talked about it before we started, and we came out in the third quarter and did what we needed to do.”
The Celtics host the Phoenix Suns at the Garden Friday night.