“I know he’s sad. I’m sad for him,” starting guard Avery Bradley said. “Whatever Doc wants me to play, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Rondo was averaging career highs of 13.7 points and 5.6 rebounds along with 11.1 assists this season.
“We knew something was up at the beginning, but we didn’t know how serious it was,” Lee said. “Nobody can fill his shoes. That’s what makes him great. So the only thing we can do is work as hard as possible and keep the momentum going from this game and have no letup.”
Rondo suffered a dislocated left elbow in the playoffs on May 7, 2011, when he became entangled with Miami’s Dwyane Wade.
Boston won 97-81, but Miami won the next two games to clinch the second-round series in five games.
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