Good news for Rondo, C's: Injury not serious

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Good news for Rondo, C's: Injury not serious

BOSTON As Rajon Rondo lay on the Garden floor, writhing in pain, it was hard to see that play out on Wednesday against Toronto and not have flashbacks of Game 3 of the Miami Heat playoff series when Rondo suffered a dislocated elbow and ultimately returned to the floor that same night.

The spill Rondo took in the third quarter of Boston's 96-73 win over Toronto hurt. But it wasn't anything close to the pain he experienced in dislocating his elbow last season.

"I knew what a dislocated elbow feels like," Rondo said. "It wasn't that, so I was thankful for that. But my wrist was throbbing."

Kevin Garnett was among those concerned when Rondo didn't bounce back up quickly.

"When he didn't pop right back up, it made everybody nervous; I was included," Garnett said.

Garnett was one of the first Celtics to speak with Rondo following the foul.

"Having dialogue with him, and he wasn't really having much of that it was a major concern," Garnett said.

Team officials said Rondo had X-rays taken on the wrist, and those results came back negative. Rondo is being listed as day-to-day by the Celtics.

After seeing Rondo take such a hard foul, head coach Doc Rivers didn't think he was hurt badly at first.

"I was laughing right afterwards," Rivers said. "I wasn't (concerned) at first because I thought he was trying to get the flagrant (foul call)."

He did get that call, and missed the first of his two free throws.

After the free throw attempts, Rondo left the game and did not return.

"I wanted to come back," Rondo said. "I knew we had it under control. The best thing for me to do was rest."

The C's, whose lead peaked at 22 in the third quarter, did just that as no Celtic played more than 28 minutes against the Raptors (4-11) who have now lost six straight.

Without question, the oddest part of the game statistically was Rondo becoming Paul Pierce-like with his scoring, and Pierce doing his best Rondo impersonation by racking up the assists. Rondo led all scorers with 21 points, while Pierce had eight points and a game-high seven assists.

"Paul kind of joked and told me, let's switch roles tonight," Rondo said. "He would make the plays, and I would put it in the basket. I was trying to stay aggressive the entire night. I wanted to pick and choose my spots. I think I did a good job."

Rivers has no concerns about Rondo, the co-leader in assists with Steve Nash, getting away from time to time at being primarily a playmaker.

"You want him to be aggressive most nights," Rivers said. "His assists are going to happen because he's a great passer. Tonight was just one of those nights; he was basically just scoring; wasn't getting assists. But it was good for the team."

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.