WALTHAM -- After making his return on Friday night, you can cross Rajon Rondo off the Boston Celtics injury list. As for the others still on it, heres the rundown following practice on Saturday.
Jermaine ONeal missed practice and underwent an MRI on his right knee at New England Baptist Hospital on Saturday. No results yet and he will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies following the teams morning walkthrough.
Marquis Daniels (right ankle sprain) did not participate in practice on Saturday and is doubtful for Sunday.
There is no timetable set for Keyon Dooling to return from a right hip-pointer injury. Keyon is close but he just cant break through, said Doc Rivers. We thought hed be back a couple games ago and he did some stuff, got sore again, so we just dont know.
Following Fridays game against the New York Knicks, Paul Pierce said he suffered a strained hip. He participated in practice on Saturday and his soreness was a surprise to Rivers. Well I didnt know that so Im assuming that hes ok, said Rivers. I would say everybody is hurting somewhere with the amount of games.
Raymond Clayborn has been voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, beating out both Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour for the honor. The corner, who is tied for the franchise record for interceptions with Ty Law (36), will be the 26th person inducted to the Hall.
Clayborn was a three-time Pro Bowler (1983, 1985, 1986) during his 13-year Patriots career from 1977 through 1989. He was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (16th overall) out of Texas in 1977, and chipped in both in the secondary and as a kick returner. As a rookie in the return game, he averaged 31 yards per return and brought back three for touchdowns.
Clayborn reacted to the news on Twitter soon after the announcement was made.
"I was fortunate to be a season ticket holder during Raymond's entire Patriots career," Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "For the first half of his career, he teamed with Michael Haynes to form one of the best corner tandems in league history. Throughout his career, Raymond was a physical, shutdown corner.
"One of my favorite memories was watching the 1985 team advance to the Super Bowl after Raymond helped us break the Orange Bowl curse when he stymied future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino with a dominant performance against Pro Bowl receivers Mark Duper and Mark Clayton. Raymond had six passes defensed and an interception to help us claim our first conference title. It was the greatest upset victory in franchise history at the time and one the entire New England region celebrated. It is a well-deserved honor and I look forward to presenting him his hall of fame jacket."
Clayborn has been a finalist for each of the last four years but was not able to generate enough support in the annual online vote to beat out Ty Law (2014 inductee), Willie McGinest (2015) or Kevin Faulk (2016). Clayborn was eligible to be voted in by the senior committee since he's now been retired for 25 years, but he did not receive the requisite eight of 10 senior committee votes to be elected in that way.
As it turns out, he didn't need to be.