Rondo 'throwing up and everything else'

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Boston Celtics sent Rajon Rondo home from Friday's practice session with flu-like symptoms, but the point guard is expected to play in Saturday's Game 1 against the Miami Heat.

"Yeah, [Rondo is] pretty bad," admitted coach Doc Rivers. "[Glen Davis] missed [Thursday's session], he's been sick, so whatever Tony [Allen] has, it's spread around the team right now. Rondo, we had him do film, then we did a walkthrough and then we told him go home.

"[Rondo is] going to play. I don't know how he's going to feel. I don't anticipate him feeling great, he's throwing up and everything else last night and all day today. I know we sent him to the hospital to do IV work and stuff like that. Other than that, it is what it is."

Allen missed the final two games of the regular season due to the flu and Davis battled it the final game against the Bucks on Wednesday. Both were well enough to participate in Friday's session and both are expected to play Saturday.

It's ironic that Rondo, the team's posterchild for H1N1 prevention, is the one to come down with the flu. As Rivers noted, it's hard to avoid once the first player gets it.

"It's too late [for precautions]," said Rivers. "These guys fly together and live together, for the most part. So there's not a lot you can do."

Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.