WALTHAM -- With a brace on his right wrist and a bruise under his right eye, Rajon Rondo addressed the media following Saturdays practice for the first time since his return to action on Friday night against the New York Knicks.
The gritty match up against the Knicks was more than just his first game back since spraining his wrist on January 18. Limited by the injury as a right-handed player, it was the first time he had really shot the ball in over two weeks
I shot yesterday morning, he said. It wasnt really getting up shots because when I flick my wrist a lot, I didnt want it to start it to bother me or hurt again. So I got up shots when I took a couple shots in the game.
Rondo scored seven points off 3-for-8 shooting against the Knicks, compared to his season average of 14.4 points per game (5.6-for-10.9 FG). He also committed five turnovers.
I wouldnt say its like a mental block, but I took a jumpshot today and I hit it, so thats not an excuse, he said. I have to get back up to getting shots up, a lot more repetition, and getting my rhythm back.
Rondo expects to wear a brace on his wrist one or two more games. While it will help him heal, it is also a reminder of his injury.
I wouldnt say it bothers me mentally, but its really tight, he said. But I have to wear it for the support because I do hit the ground a lot. But yesterday I did a better job. I think I only hit it twice. If I can stay off the ground, my body feels a lot better the next day.
In addition to his wrist, Rondo also suffered a bruised right eye when he got hit on a play by Iman Shumpert, which he says did not affect him during the game. It was another unexpected bump in the road he ran into on his way back from injury.
You never know until youre in the game, he said. You can run, do cardio all you want, but when you get on the floor, you go through pick-and-rolls, you hit the floor, you get up, youre doing transition back and forth, its a different type of game.