Rondo out for "weeks"
posted at 12/16/2010 4:28 PM EST
Report: Rajon Rondo out weeks
Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo will miss a couple of weeks due to a sprained left ankle, vice president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told radio station WEEI on Thursday.
Rondo rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter of the 118-116 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday. He said afterward that he expected to play Thursday in Atlanta.
"Rajon, I think, will be out for a couple of weeks, anyway," Ainge said, according to WEEI.
"I think that Rajon is young, and he heals fast and he loves to play, to his credit. I couldn't believe he was back on the court last night. He wasn't moving very well, even when he got back out on the court. You could tell he was still in a lot of pain, and certainly after the game it started puffing up. This morning there was a lot of swelling, and he definitely needs some time off."
Ainge said that the injury opens the door to more minutes for Nate Robinson.
"Nate has been playing very well for us," Ainge said, according to the radio station. "And now he's going to have to step it up and play more minutes."
Rondo is averaging 11.2 points and a league leading 13.8 assists per game for the 20-4 Celtics.