For all those worried about Rajon Rondo’s muscle spasms (and I never was, Rondo always bounces back and will be fine), no need to stay worried. He says he won’t be 100% come Thursday, but he’ll be damn close.
And then again, who is 100% at this time, on either team? This is the playoffs, snitches, and the Celtics have now played 99 games. After 99 games, you’re either a little banged up or you’re like Brian Scalabrine, with your rump stapled permanently to the bench. (ESPN Boston)
“I’m about 67 percent today,” Rondo joked, before the Celtics practiced at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. “I won’t be a 100 percent by Thursday, but I’ll be like 94.7.
“Right now, nobody in the Finals right now is 100 percent. If you find someone let me know who is, let me know. You can ask the Lakers too. One of our rookies might be 100 percent.”
94.7% should be more than enough to destroy Derek Fisher, don’t you think? Hell, at this point I’d be surprised if Fisher could even guard me… and I’m a 30-pounds-past-my-prime ex-Division Three player. And if Kobe guards Rondo instead, someone should alert the Lakers: Leaving Rondo wide open doesn’t work anymore. Kid Dynamite is growing up. And Kobe can’t stick in front of Rondo either. (But, unlike Fisher, he could probably stick in front of me. Just don’t think he could stop me if I was still in my prime. I could barely dribble, but the kid could always shoot.)
In other injury news, Rasheed Wallace didn’t practice yesterday but said he felt a little better and hopes to practice today. Doc’s quote about Sheed wasn’t too promising though: “He did say for the first time in about a week that he actually felt a little better, so that’s a good sign for us.” I’ll be shocked if Sheed doesn’t play Thursday, but I don’t know what kind of results we’ll see if he does. Of course, with Sheed I never know what kind of results to expect. Somewhere between awful and pretty damn good, I suppose.