Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Rondo 'sore and stiff' but OK to play
By Ramona Shelburne ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- Boston 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 100 percent by Thursday, but I'll be like 94.7.
"Right now, nobody in the Finals is 100 percent. If you find someone let me know who is, let me know," he said. "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 back 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," said Davis. "I got a lot of rest so I'll be ready to play. I didn't really stop with the headaches until like a day or so ago, but I'm fine."
Ramona Shelburne is a writer and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.