- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo said Wednesday he's feeling better after enduring muscle spasms that sent him to the locker room before halftime of Monday's Game 4.
"I'm feeling better, I'm fine," Rondo said at the Celtics' shootaround Wednesday morning at Amway Arena. "Nothing to worry about, I'll be playing."
Rondo brushed off health questions following Monday's game where he registered 9 points, 8 assists, and 3 steals over 43 minutes, quiet by his increasingly lofty playoff standards. But Rondo simply didn't seem to have the same energy and crispness that he's displayed throughout the playoffs.
Asked how he's combating the spasms (or cramps as Doc Rivers has called them), Rondo listed all the available remedies.
"Bananas, water, massages, contrast baths, and drinking pickle juice," joked Rondo, who battled flu-like symptoms earlier this season and did sound a bit nasally while addressing reporters Wednesday. Regardless, Rondo pointed to his early foul trouble as a bigger issue in his performance Monday than any health detriment.
"The one foul on Jameer [Nelson], I'm biased, but I didn't think it was a foul," Rondo said of his first-quarter reach-in. He picked up his second just six seconds later. "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."
The Celtics employed Tony Allen and the largely unused Nate Robinson in Rondo's place before bringing him back with 8:59 to go in the second quarter. Rondo dished out a trio of assists before picking up his third foul with 2:34 to play in the half.
He stayed in the game a bit longer, but finally exited with 1:15 to play in the half and that's when he retreated to the locker room with strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo for what the team dubbed muscle spasms. The duo appeared back on the floor before the second half, stretching Rondo out at midcourt.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said there was no reason to be overly concerned about Rondo's health.
"No, I don't think so, I think it's just a cramp," said 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."
Kendrick Perkins (sprained right wrist) and Tony Allen (twisted ankle) also appeared no worse for the wear Wednesday. Perkins wasn't wearing any tape over his injured wrist, like he had in recent sessions, while Allen didn't appear to have any additional bracing or tape around his ankles.
Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com.
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