Rajon Rondo strained his left hamstring on the following play, during yesterday’s fourth quarter. He briefly attempted to return to the game, but wasn’t moving well and was pulled by Doc Rivers.
Two thoughts on the play: 1) That’s not a freaking charge, Joey Crawford! And 2) Yes, Royal Ivey played some crunch time minutes for the Thunder. And the Celtics still lost.
After receiving postgame treatment, Rondo labeled himself day-to-day.
“I’ll just get treatment [Saturday] and we’ll see,” he told ESPN Boston.
Rondo said it was Doc Rivers’s decision to pull him from the game. If it were up to Rondo, he probably would have remained in the game.
“(Coach) Doc (Rivers) made the decision,” Rondo told the Boston Herald. “I guess he saw me limping and decided to pull me.”
In Rondo’s absence, Delonte West — not Nate Robinson — finished the game. West forced contested shots by Russell Westbrook, who spent the first three quarters in the zone but missed all seven fourth-quarter shots. Doc Rivers clearly has more trust in West than Robinson, and I can’t blame him. According to 82games.com, Robinson’s PER this season is 9.2. And the players he defends? They have a combined 16.2 PER. Not a good margin for Nate, who — and I say this with entire fairness — has been one of the worst players in the NBA this year. Oh, and one more note about Nate: free Avery Bradley! Please.
West DID miss a shot that likely would have sent the game to overtime, but it was evident the Celtics trusted him enough to take a last-second shot.
Back to Rondo, get better soon. Please.