If you're searching for an explanation for the recent slump of Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, then search no further. The C's medical staff has unearthed the problem — Rondo has a sprained pinkie finger on his right hand.
The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow reports that Rondo had X-rays on the finger on Saturday night. Rondo ran into Kevin Garnett in the third quarter of Saturday's win over the Hornets, aggravating the injury — he had already been playing with a jammed finger for two weeks, and the collision with KG only made it worse.
"This is probably the most pain it's been," Rondo said.
The finger injury explains Rondo's shooting slump as the Celtics' floor general is shooting 8-for-37 over his last five games.
Rondo hasn't missed any time with the finger injury. He's played and started in 57 of the Celtics' 68 games going into Monday night in New York, including every contest in 2011.