After dominating in the first three games of the Eastern Conference Finals, Boston Celtic guard Rajon Rondo suffered muscle spasms during the first half of Game 4 on Monday night.
However, after a day of rest, the point guard said that he is fine and will be ready to go come gametime on Wednesday night.
“I’m feeling better, I’m fine,” Rondo said. “Nothing to worry about, I’ll be playing.”
Rondo tabbed nine points to go along with eight rebounds in Game 4, but did manage to play 43 minutes of regulation and over time.
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Rondo cited foul trouble rather than muscle spasms contributing to his poor performance in Boston.
“The one foul on Jameer [Nelson], I’m biased, but I didn’t think it was a foul,” Rondo recalled. He picked up two fouled in a six-second window. “The second one, I had to foul Dwight [Howard] to prevent the layup … I’m just playing basketball. I don’t try to foul, but if I have to take the foul [to prevent easy baskets], I’ll take it.”
Boston head coach Doc Rivers stated that there is no extra cause for concern regarding the health of his starting point guard.
“No, I don’t think so, I think it’s just a cramp,” remarked Rivers. “My rule is, I wait until the trainer comes to me. If he doesn’t, that means he doesn’t think it’s that bad.”
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On the other side of the court, Orlando has their own health concerns regarding Rashard Lewis.
Lewis has contracted a viral infection, but says it has plagued him all series long.
“Overall it affects you,” Lewis said following Orlando’s practice on Wednesday. “I’ve been throwing up. I haven’t been at full strength. I’ve been feeling weak, my legs been feeling weak. I find myself getting tired very fast in the first quarter. You know, when you can’t hold food down you have no energy in your body to go out there and perform.”
Lewis has fallen off in the Celtics series, shooting only 29 percent from the floor and only seven points per game.
“Regular season, I probably would have sat out,” Lewis remarked. “Not to make no excuses, it is the playoffs. You just got to go out there and give it 110 percent. It’s the playoffs. I’ve got to drag myself out there if anything.”
Boston controls a 3-1 series advantage and remains the heavy favorite on Online Sportsbooks to come out of the East and play in the NBA Finals. Boston is behind L.A as the overall betting favorite to capture the 2010 NBA Championship.