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NBA Playoffs: Celtics look tough playing through injuries

The Celtics have fallen many times this year. Each time, they’ve gotten back up.

The Celtics have fallen many times this year.

Each time, they’ve gotten back up.

That was never more clear than Saturday night, when Rajon Rondo dislocated his left elbow in what looked like a season-ending injury.

Not so fast.

Minutes later, Rondo was back on the bench — his elbow popped into place. With one arm dangling by his side, he went on to play the entire fourth quarter, helping lead the C’s to a crucial Game 3 victory.

“Regardless of all the injuries that we have, we’re a no-excuse team,” Rondo said. “If I’m on the court, you may see me hold my arm, but I’m not going to use it as an excuse. If D. West is out there, it’s the same way. That’s how we play. That’s our mentality.

“We show up [tonight] and we’re on the court and we’re playing.

“Don’t ask me how I feel. I’m going to play regardless. I’m not going to use it as an excuse.”

Delonte West has had the worst luck with injuries this season, between a broken wrist, a sprained ankle and now a bruised shoulder.

Still, like Rondo, those bumps won’t stop him from playing in Game 4.

“The playoffs are here; this is what it’s about,” West said. “Bruises or whatever, you have to keep on going.”

 
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