Rondo absorbed a knee to the hip from Matt Barnes while battling on the blocks in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. He sat out Saturday's visit to Golden State, then labored through Sunday's loss to the Sacramento Kings (a game in which he was decidedly outplayed by counterpart Isaiah Thomas).
While Rondo downplayed the severity of the injury while meeting with reporters before the team's afternoon practice on Tuesday, he admitted it limited his game.
"When you get beat down the court by a big, you know, it's frustrating," said Rondo. "But I'm OK; I'll be fine. It's nothing like I need surgery or anything. It's not that serious. It's just a bruise."
Asked if he'd play on Wednesday against Memphis, Rondo said simply, "I hope so."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the team has to decide whether (1) playing Rondo on Wednesday would aggravate the injury and (2) if he would help or hurt the team given the limitations from the ailment. Even Rondo isn't sure what the right answers are.
"I've never had this type of injury. I got kneed on my bone and it's just been nagging," he said. "Nothing too serious, but if affects me a little bit. Obviously, my style of play, which is speed, I'm not able to plant as quick as I would like to right now, but I've been getting treatment every day."
Added Rivers: " He couldn’t move much [in Sacramento]. We talked after the game, I couldn’t give him the answer whether he was helping or hurting the team with the way he was moving. But you want him on the floor -- it’s just a tough call."
The Celtics have lost three straight -- all by 18 points or more -- as part of a disastrous finish to a four-game road trip. Eager to get back on the right track -- and stay on the right track -- the urge would be to have the team's best players on the court for the start of a brief two-game homestand.
Boston will get a boost with the return of third-year guard Avery Bradley, who plans to make his season debut during Wednesday's game. His ability to handle the ball could help offset the absence of Rondo, if he cannot dress. The Celtics also got Leandro Barbosa back at the end of the road trip after he missed four games while tending to a family matter in his native Brazil.