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“I guess that’s what it is – that’s what everyone is saying,” Rondo said. “All I can do is get treatment and get rest. It’s no big deal. I’m not going to miss any time.”
“I walked over to him before the tap and told him, ‘Hey, listen, if I see anything, I’m taking you out,’ ” Rivers said. “But you could see he was good. The only thing we did that ended up helping was that we subbed him early. And then we did it again at the half. Overall that might have helped him with his wind.”
Having a lighting quick point guard battle plantar fasciitis so early in the seson is not a good sign.
As much as Rondo is downplaying this injury, it can be serious. Why else would trainer Ed Lacerte recommended Rondo sit out last night's game.
Here's a quick medical lesson, courtesy Google Health:
Plantar fasciitis is irritation and swelling of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. The most common complaint is pain in the bottom of the heel. Initial treatment usually consists of anti-inflammatory medications, heel stretching exercises, night splints and shoe inserts.
If these fail, putting the affected foot in a short leg cast (a cast up to but not above the knee) for 3-6 weeks is very often successful in reducing pain and inflammation. Alternatively, a cast boot (which looks like a ski boot) may be used. It is still worn full time, but can be removed for bathing.
Kendrick Perkins missed 3 weeks with the injury back in 2006. That's clearly the worst case scenario. Hopefully Doc can reduce Rondo's workload once Delonte West returns.
On Page 2, Kevin Garnett with the final word on Charlie Villanueva.
The rest of the links:
Globe – A little extra lift | Daniels did his part | Watchful eye on Rondo | Herald – Celtics clock OT in win | Ray puts dunk into game | Thibs keeps movin with Bulls | CSNNE – Daniels making most of chances | Ray talks about dunk | ESPN Boston – Garnett speaks about controversy | Celtics sing praises of Scal |