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Rajon Rondo leaves with wrist injury, X-rays negative

Celtics point guard Rondo reacts after being fouled by Raptors center Gray in Boston

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo reacts after being fouled by Toronto Raptors center Aaron Gray in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game in Boston, Massachusetts January 18, 2012. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)


If there is one player the Boston Celtics could not afford to lose this seas0n, it would be Rajon Rondo.

Which is why there were deep breaths taken Rondo took a hard foul by Toronto’s Linas Kleiza with 2:12 left in the third quarter. Rondo — who was in scoring not assist mode all night, finishing with 21 points and 2 assists — was driving the lane for a layup when he took a hard hit from Kleiza, one that caused Rondo to fall awkwardly. His right wrist got caught between himself and the floor. Kleiza was given a flagrant 1 foul for the hit.

Rondo hit one of his two foul shots then walked to the locker room with what was described as a “sore wrist” and did not return to the game.

After the game, Rondo said X-rays on the wrist were negative and said he was day-to-day. The Celtics are off until Friday when they host the Phoenix Suns.