Via WEEI’s Ben Rohrbach:
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo’s ankles are “fine” after twice tweaking them in Friday night’s 95-94 overtime loss to the 76ers. He is expected to play in Saturday night’s rematch in Boston.
Paul Pierce landed on Rondo’s ankle while grabbing a rebound with 1:47 remaining in regulation, but Rondo limped through it and continued to play. Then, on Rondo’s failed baseline jumper as overtime expired, both ankles buckled as he slippped on a Sixers decal on the Wells Fargo Center floor. His Celtics teammates rushed to his aid, helping him to his feet and off the court.
“He left the locker room walking fine,” the Celtics media relations staff relayed, “and [coach] Doc [Rivers] nor our trainer [Ed Lacerte] mentioned anything.”
Well that’s good news. After last night’s kick in the pants loss, it looked like Rajon may have reinjured his ankle after slipping on the floor in the final seconds. No word yet if “back-up” PG Leandro Barbosa will be able to go tonight. He’s been battling flu-like symptoms for the last few days. Would be a nice boost if The Brazilian Blur could log some minutes for what will be a tired Celtics squad after last night’s emotionally draining contest.