Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday's practice notes: Rondo's 94.7 percent healthy
LOS ANGELES -- A collection of news and notes, reported by ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne, after the Boston Celtics practiced Tuesday afternoon on the campus of UCLA while preparing for Thursday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers:
The rundown (a quick look at practice headlines)
* Rajon's not 100 percent, but he'll be close to it by Thursday
* Celtics brace themselves for potential Perk suspension
Rajon's not 100 percent, but he'll be close to it by Thursday
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo said he won't be 100 percent healthy by Thursday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but he'll be close enough.
"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."
Rondo suffered muscle spasms in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, then fell hard on his back in Game 6. He was limited in practice Monday, but participated fully in Tuesday's practice despite being a little stiff and sore from the long, cross-country flight Monday evening.
"It was a long flight so I'm sore and stiff, but it's nothing to worry about," Rondo said.
The Celtics injury list swelled during the Eastern Conference Finals as Glen Davis and Marquis Daniels went down with concussions and Rasheed Wallace suffered bask spasms.
Wallace and Davis fully participated in Tuesday's practice, according to a team spokesman, while Daniels was only able to do some light shooting on the side. Daniels injury is considered more severe, the spokesman said, because he's still experiencing symptoms such as tingling in his fingers.
"I'm feeling good, I got a lot of rest so I'll be ready to play," Davis said. "I didn't really stop with the headaches until like a day or so ago, but I'm fine."
Celtics brace themselves for potential Perk suspension
Doc Rivers is bracing for the worst and hoping for the best.
He knows his big, physical, technical-foul prone center, Kendrick Perkins, isn't going to change. Nor does Rivers want him to.
So the Boston Celtics coach said Tuesday that he's beginning the Finals with the thought that he could lose Perkins at some point, as he did in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, due to technical fouls.
"It's going to happen. I hope it doesn't, but you know it's going to happen," Rivers said before the Celtics practiced on Tuesday at UCLA. "Perk is physical; the Lakers are saying they want to be physical now. So the refs are going to react to that."
At Monday's Lakers practice, coach Phil Jackson had addressed the issue.
"Those things I think should be wiped out -- flagrant fouls, technical fouls," Jackson said. "It just means the longer you've been in the playoffs, the more penalized you are. It seems like that's not a really good code right now."
He added that the Lakers weren't as physical as the Celtics. "I mean, that's not our kind of team," he said. "We don't go out there to smack people around. We're a more resilient ballclub. We try to stay strong and play hard. But we're going to have to withstand some of that."
"What's going to happen is there's going to be a double technical that Perk doesn't deserve and we're going to have to deal with it. It's unfair, but that's the way it is," Rivers said.