WALTHAM – Rajon Rondo does not like the miss games. Hence, when Danny Ainge informed him he would have to sit out last Saturday’s game against the Chicago Bulls to undergo a minor procedure on his left hand, the point guard wasn’t exactly thrilled.
“Danny made a decision at halftime [of last Friday’s game],” Rondo said at Tuesday's practice, when asked about how he found out about the surgery. “I didn’t have any idea. I came in very pissed off [about missing the trip to Chicago] but the team got the win.”
Rondo had three screws removed from his surgically repaired left hand Saturday morning at New England Baptist Hospital, but the timing of the procedure early in the season was a bit of a surprise. The 28-year-old did not anticipate having his screws removed until sometime around the All-Star Break, but after experiencing discomfort in his hand during game action last week, a quick decision was made by the team to address the issue.
“The screws were irritating me a little bit,” Rondo admitted. “I was getting X-rays on it weekly and Dr. [Brian] McKeon thought I would be able to make it to All-Star weekend. But I wasn’t. And he kind of pulled the trigger [on having the screws removed] the next day.”
With a three-day break in the schedule after the Bulls matchup, Rondo was hopeful he could have fit in the surgery between games, but the team opted to give him an extra day to heal for Wednesday night.
“I just wanted to go travel with my team and play in Chicago,” Rondo said. “I thought we had the day off Sunday anyway, and I thought I could do it Sunday [and rest two days before Wednesday's game]. But they make the decisions.”
The good news for Celtics fans is that Rondo was back on the court Tuesday and fully participated in the team’s practice. Brad Stevens expects him to be ready to suit up for Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but it’s unclear whether he will continue to feel any soreness because of the procedure.
"It's too early to tell," Rondo said. "It's only been one day really that I've practiced, and it's today, so I'll see how my hand reacts tonight with the swelling."
The Celtics face off against Kendrick Perkins and the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night at 7:30 P.M. at the TD Garden.