Monday, May 9, 2011
Arroyo: 'I think Rondo's ready'
By Greg Payne
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is still listed as a game-time decision for Monday's Game 4 with the Miami Heat after suffering a dislocated left elbow in the third quarter of Game 3 on Saturday, but reserve point guard Carlos Arroyo confirmed Rondo participated fully in the team's morning walkthrough -- an encouraging sign regarding his status for the game.
Arroyo also said Delonte West, who suffered a bruised shoulder on Saturday, also participated and is expected to play.
"I think [Rondo's] ready to go," said Arroyo. "He's a warrior and he demonstrated that last game. We were all surprised, the fact that he came back after that injury. I know he's ready. He wants to play, he wants to win. And Delonte, he was banged up but he's ready to go. I'm always ready. I'm always ready for the challenge and obviously playing my old team would be even more motivating for me."
When reporters entered the team's practice facility Rondo was seen shooting free throws, but did not appear to be sporting any sort of sleeve or brace on the injured elbow. When Rondo returned to the floor on Saturday after suffering the injury, he played almost solely with his right arm, but Arroyo said he was moving his left arm more this morning.
"Yeah, a little bit," Arroyo said of Rondo moving his left arm. "It still bothers him. He's sore. It was a huge injury. But I know he's ready."
"He'll know how he feels more than me. But he's ready to go."
Arroyo said he has not spoken with Celtics coach Doc Rivers about being active for Monday's game.