Rondo (hip) questionable for Grizzlies game

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Rondo (hip) questionable for Grizzlies game

WALTHAM Just as the Celtics prepare to welcome one guard back, they may find themselves having to go to battle without their best one.

Rajon Rondo is still battling a right hip injury suffered against the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 27 after a hip-check from Matt Barnes, and he is questionable for Thursday's game against Memphis.

Rondo missed the C's loss at Golden State only to return for the following game at Sacramento where it was clear that the injury had a major impact on his performance.

"When you get beat down the court by a big, it's frustrating," Rondo said. "My style of play, I can't play as quick as I want to (with the injury)."

And that puts the C's in the precarious position of trying to figure out if Rondo at less than full strength is better than no Rondo at all.

As far as how the injury impacted his play in the Kings loss, C's coach Doc Rivers pointed out how the boxscore told the story.

"When his guy (Isaiah Thomas) scores 27 and he (Rondo) scores two, I think that tells you basically all you need to know," Rivers said. "He couldn't move much."

And the C's decision to hold him out of practice on Wednesday means he won't be moving around much today, making it truly a game-time decision as to whether he will face the Grizzlies.

"We talked after the game and I couldn't give an answer as to whether he was helping or hurting the team with the way he was moving," Rivers said. "But you want him on the floor. It's a tough call."

Also challenging will be the decision to rest him, and whether that's what is needed in order for his currently injury to heal properly.

The one clear upside in sitting Rondo for Wednesday's game is that the C's won't play again until Friday, which would provide Rondo with additional time to heal.

"If that's what it takes," said Rivers who added, "but it's not anything he could further injure. I always look at two things; that's one. The other is if it limits him, how quickly can he get healthy by not playing? So if someone says if he doesn't play for three days, he'll get healthier or if you play it doesn't matter. It'll take a week or so. That's what we'll decide by tomorrow."

If Rondo is unable to play, this would be the fifth game he has missed this season. The Celtics are 1-3 without him.

Felger: Crazy can be good, but Sale needs to harness it

Felger: Crazy can be good, but Sale needs to harness it

Chris Sale brings with him to Boston some attitude. He also brings a measure of defiance and, perhaps, a little bit of crazy.

All of which the Red Sox starting staff just may need. And if Sale pitches as he has for much of the past five years, he'll probably be celebrated for it.

I still wonder how it will all play here, especially if he underachieves.

What would we do to him locally if he refused to pitch because he didn't like a certain kind of uniform variation the team was going with? What would we say if he not only refused to pitch, but took a knife to his teammates' uniforms and the team had to scrap the promotion? Sale did exactly that in Chicago last year, after which he threw his manager under the bus for not standing by his players and attacked the team for putting business ahead of winning.

All because he didn't want to wear an untucked jersey?

"(The White Sox throwback uniforms) are uncomfortable and unorthodox,'' said Sale at the time. "I didn't want to go out there and not be at the top of my game in every aspect that I need to be in. Not only that, but I didn't want anything to alter my mechanics. ... There's a lot of different things that went into it.''

Wearing a throwback jersey would alter his mechanics? Was that a joke? It's hard to imagine he would get away with that in Boston.

Ditto for his support of Adam LaRoche and his involvement of that goofy story last March.
 
LaRoche, you'll remember, retired when the White Sox had the nerve to tell him that his 14-year-old son could not spend as much time around the team as he had grown accustomed to. Sale responded by pitching a fit.

“We got bald-face lied to by someone we’re supposed to be able to trust,'' said Sale of team president Kenny Williams. ``You can’t come tell the players it was the coaches and then tell the coaches it was the players, and then come in and say something completely different. If we’re all here to win a championship, this kind of stuff doesn’t happen.”

On what planet does allowing a 14-year-old kid in a clubhouse have anything to do with winning a title? In what universe does a throwback jersey have anything to do with mechanics? If David Price had said things that stupid last year, he'd still be hearing about it. And it won't be any different for Sale.

Thankfully, Sale's defiance and feistiness extends to the mound. Sale isn't afraid to pitch inside and protect his teammates, leading the American League in hit batsmen each of the last two years. He doesn't back down and loves a fight. And while that makes him sound a little goofy off the field, it should play well on it.

In the meantime, the Sox better hope he likes those red alternate jerseys they wear on Fridays.

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