It seemed a bit odd that the Boston Celtics did not announce that Rajon Rondo would miss Saturday’s game until after Friday’s had concluded.
Well, it turns out head coach Brad Stevens got word of Rondo’s minor hand procedure just a short while before everyone else did.
Stevens told reporters Saturday in Chicago that he didn’t find out the point guard needed to have a screw removed from his surgically repaired left hand — an operation that prevented him from traveling with the team for its matchup with the Bulls — until after the Celtics’ 101-98 win over the Indiana Pacers.
“I didn’t know about it until after the game,” Stevens said, via MassLive.com. “I think (team doctor Brian McKeon) either saw him or talked to him (Friday) and sensed that — and I don’t want to get this wrong — he just needed to have the screws removed. It’s a real minor procedure. It went well. It happened this morning. And from everything I’ve gathered, it’s just a matter of letting the stitching heal and he’s back at practice Tuesday. So it’s a three-day thing.”
As Stevens stated, Rondo is expected to miss just one game. The coach also said he doesn’t believe Rondo’s decision was driven by discomfort.
“That’s not what I was told, at least,” Stevens said. “I saw it. For the first time, I saw it without anything on it (Friday) and really looked at it. And it did look like it had a little bit of swelling. I don’t know if the screws and the plate had shifted a little bit, or whatever the case was. But structurally, everything’s fine. The bone’s healing great. It was just a matter of he had to take the screws out. And even I could see the screws in the X-rays, so that means — I saw them, they were really there.”
Rookie guard Marcus Smart also did not travel to Chicago after suffering an ankle sprain Friday.
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