Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers did his best to stay out of the trainer's room on Sunday, lest he learn something about one of his injured players that he didn't want to hear.
"It's a pretty busy room right now," he said Sunday, a day after the Celtics earned a bruising 97-81 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals despite injuries to point guards Rajon Rondo and Delonte West. "Right now, we're going to go with, 'They're all playing.'"
Rondo dislocated his left elbow in the third quarter Saturday night when he got tangled up with Miami guard Dwyane Wade and got thrown to the floor. He had an MRI and CT scan on Sunday, and both tests came out negative, a Celtics spokesman said.
West (bruised left shoulder) was feeling better Sunday and did not go to a hospital for tests. Rivers said he would decide just before game time -- or later -- whether Rondo will play.
Etc.• Just before what might have been the last game of his coaching career, Lakers coach Phil Jackson was fined $35,000 by the NBA for comments about officiating in the series vs. Dallas.