According to Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has been playing hurt. Said KG: “Rondo’s playing hurt, you know, (he’s) hurt. He’s giving us everything he has, and he’s grinding.” KG neglected to elaborate on what exactly has been ailing Rondo.
An injury could help explain the funk Rondo has been over the last week. Over the last three games, Rondo has 4 total points on 2 of 18 shooting. Rondo was held scoreless for the first time this season Wednesday night versus the Indiana Pacers and failed to grab a rebound for only the second time this season.
The Celtics are 2-3 over their last 5 and need Rondo to get back to his usual self. The scoring is not the issue with Rondo since Rondo is viewed as a 4th or 5th option when on the floor, Rondo’s value lies with what he does with and without the ball. The Celtics will struggle when he is not able to distribute the ball offensively and cause havoc on the defensive end of the floor.
The return of Delonte West and the addition of Carlos Arroyo give the Celtics options for spelling Rondo for longer periods of time to hopefully get his game back on track whilst he nurses injury. Rondo is currently averaging 37.4 minutes per game on the season. A number not quite as staggering considering the Celtics have been playing without a true backup point guard for the majority of the season.