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Sunday, May 8, 2011
Tests negative on Rondo's elbow

By Chris Forsberg


Tests on Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo's dislocated left elbow were all negative, indicating no structural damage, according to the team. He is listed as a game-time decision for Game 4 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat Monday night in Boston.

Rondo underwent an MRI and CAT scan at New England Baptist Hospital Sunday afternoon and the Celtics breathed a sigh of relief when no further damage was detected. Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted Rondo was particularly sore Sunday morning, just hours after the dislocation and improbable return during Boston's Game 3 win at the TD Garden, but that he expected Rondo to play in Game 4.

Given the positive medical results, only lingering pain could detour Rondo from partcipating in Game 4. Rivers did stress that he'd keep an eye on Rondo's on-court performance to gauge if he's truly healthy enough to play.

The Celtics got even more good news when backup guard Delonte West felt so much improved Sunday morning that he did not even undergo tests on the left shoulder he bruised in the second quarter of Game 3. Like Rondo, Rivers expected West to play and only a flareup of that injury would keep him off the court in Game 4.