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The Return of Rajon Rondo?

Rajon Rondo, point guard of the Boston Celtics, tore his right ACL in a game late last January and had subsequent surgery to repair it in mid February of 2013.  He has been in street clothes on the Celtics’ bench for almost a year now, but a cryptic Tweet from Rondo might be a sign that he is close to returning to action.

29,233,380 seconds works out to be 338 days  which if you count from when Rondo injured his knee, comes out to this Friday.  When pressed about the possibility of Rondo suiting up on January 17th, Coach Brad Stevens would not commit to the idea.

Whenever he makes his triumphant return to the court, it will likely be sooner rather than later and much needed.  Although Jordan Crawford has been a serviceable fill-in this season, he is not a pure point guard.  Crawford averages 3.5 assists/game for his career and that includes a personal best 5.7 this season while Rondo has a career average of 8.3 assists/game.  The Celtics are 3 games back from the final playoff spot so it is conceivable with a healthy Rondo that they can make a run for the playoffs during the second half of the season.

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Overview of Pelicans F Ryan Anderson’s Cervical Stinger

Ryan Anderson, the starting power forward for the New Orleans Pelicans, sustained a “cervical stinger” in last night’s game after running into Gerald Wallace of the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter.  Anderson was on his back for several minutes before the medical staff brought out a stretcher to help stabilize his head and neck.  As with any injuries relating to the head and neck, it is a scary situation until we receive confirmation from the athlete that they are conscious, aware, and have function of their extremities.  Judging by the way Anderson reacted as he was carted off the court, hopefully his injury is not a serious one.

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A cervical stinger or burner is an injury that affects the nerve roots from the cervical spine or neck.  The nerves involved are bundled in a region called the brachial plexus, which is a group of nerves in the neck.  Any sudden compression or traction force on the region surrounding the plexus, such as the one sustained by Anderson when his left shoulder/neck area collided with Wallace, can create a burning or stinging sensation from the shoulder  down to the hand.  In addition, symptoms of weakness, numbness, and tingling in the affected extremity can also be present.  Majority of the time this condition will resolve on its own without the need for surgery.  A protective neck collar is used to help stabilize and support the cervical spine to let the body heal itself.  Here’s to Ryan Anderson making a full and speedy recovery.