Rondo dislocates elbow, returns

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Celtics guard Rajon Rondo got injured scrambling for a ball with Dwyane Wade.BOSTON -- Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo dislocated his left elbow trying to brace his fall midway through the third quarter of Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Miami Heat at the TD Garden. Boston's medical staff was able to pop it back into place and he returned at the start of the fourth quarter.

The injury looked far more severe when it occurred. Rondo's elbow bent awkwardly as he hit the floor as he and Miami's Dwyane Wade scrambled for a loose ball. The Celtics were on a 16-4 run to open the second half and had built a 10-point lead at 60-50 with 7:01 to play in the third quarter.

Rondo was attended to by team physician Dr. Brian McKeon and trainer Ed Lacerte before being helped to the locker room clutching the left elbow area.

Late in the third quarter, Rondo returned to the Boston bench, a white protective sleeve over the elbow. Boston carried an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter as he returned to action.