Pain and stiffness continue to hamper the starting point guard since Sunday, although he took part in the Monday morning’s walk-through at the Celtic’s camp for team practice.
The Celtics are proceeding as if he “will play” in Game 4 semifinal of the Eastern Conference against the Miami Heat.
Expect Rondo’s left arm to remain with limited ROM(range of motion), although according to Coach Rivers, “they(players) will play if nothing is broken” Rivers said before Rondo went for the MRI at New England Baptist Hospital.
Even with the MRI results coming back negative, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see him play his usual minutes, or even at all. No brace for the elbow has been reported as of yet for Rondo. “He was laying on the (trainer’s) table, he had a lot of ice on him, and with all of the stuff they’re probably giving him, he was still half asleep,” Rivers said. “They had given him some stuff for pain obviously”.
Look for the Celtic’s Delonte West (SG), to contribute some minutes in this game, off the bench. West’s minutes will depend on Rondo’s limitations and pain tolerance in Game 4.
Boston Celtic’s Rajan Rondo(PG) had a heroic finish in Saturday’s game with his left arm limp at his side, after sustaining a gruesome injury while playing against the Miami Heat in Game 3 on Saturday.
Rondo suffered a dislocated left elbow in an awkward fall with Dwayne Wade. He immediately left the game in the 3rd quarter and had it popped back into place to only return and start the 4th quarter, finishing with six points and 11 assists in 34 minutes.
Injury Analysis: Rajon Rondo is scheduled Sunday to have an MRI on his dislocated left elbow, but is still tentatively expected to play in Game 4 on Monday. His injury is classified as a lateral elbow dislocation, which refers to the direction that the forearm bones have taken during the injury. Lateral here means forearm bones go outward relative to the arm bone, which is seen here in the Youtube video. Please note the added weight of Dewayne Wade also accompanying Rondo during the fall. Just for calculation-Dewayne Wade stands at 6’4, 220lbs, in addition to Rondo at 6’1, 171lbs. That adds up to a potential 391lbs on Rondo’s arm to brace for impact, excluding the lbs of force from the collision sustained!
Rondo did return in the 4th quarter in the Celtic’s win, but fantasy owners should take Rondo’s return with a “grain of salt”. According to ESPN, Coach Rivers confirmed that Rondo was in a lot more discomfort after the adrenaline wore off and his elbow swelled up. Treatment for this type of injury is aligning the bones by manipulation without any surgery and usually light anesthesia (to reduce pain and relax the muscles) to actually manipulate the dislocation. In some cases methods can also include a splinting to reduce flexion similar to Manu Ginobli’s case. Splinting can be prescribed for 7 to 10 days in the absence of any complications. Ultimately, recovery can take anywhere between 3 to 6 months and Rondo could actually develop permanent loss of up to 10 to 15 degrees of elbow movement.
Here is a list of complications from a elbow dislocation that can occur, but that’s why we need the MRI results to determine the severity of damage, if any, to Rondo’s elbow for determination.
Complications of elbow can include:
* injury to brachial artery (main blood supply of the forearm and hand)
* nerve injury
* fractures of the head of radius bone
* fracture and entrapment of medial epicondyle (this prevents reduction)
* ligament damage
Given the possibility of a “one-armed” Rondo for Monday’s game against the Heat, his minutes are severely in question for next game, although this All-star point guard’s arsenal may be more concentrated in assists and “the intangibles” he provides on the floor.