Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo sprained his ankle last night in the team’s win over the Utah Jazz and the team has to feel fortunate that it is not a more serious injury. He is out for tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, but the Celtics are obviously in it for the long haul and can afford to have Rondo miss a few games if it means he will be healthy later on in the season.
It was unfortunate timing for the Celtics starting point guard as he has been on a remarkable run lately and has clearly established himself as one of the best players in the league. The Celtics hung on for the victory over the Jazz and have the luxury of having enough depth to stay afloat while Rondo recovers. I personally have no problem with head coach Doc Rivers sitting him as long as he needs to. There is nothing worse than rushing him back and subsequently re-injuring that same ankle. There have been so many instances where a player rushes back and further aggravates that same injury. Ray Allen came back too early last year from bone spurs in his ankle and he re-injured the same ankle and had to miss more time. He was never the same and clearly was not 100% for the team’s lengthy playoff run.
The Celtics can clearly survive this injury, but their obvious preference would be for Rondo to return as soon as possible. He is the team’s most important player and is especially key on the fast break. The Celtics will be fine in the short term, assuming this injury is nothing too serious.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18