Ainge: No Return Date, But Rondo ‘Making Great Progress’
BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge offered a quick update on Rajon Rondo on Thursday, and though there is no return date yet, he is pleased with the strides the point guard has made as he recovers from ACL surgery.
“Rondo is making great progress,” Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich. “I really like what I see in his attitude and effort. He’s putting in the time to get better and he’s making steady progress. I don’t see anything happening this month. I think when we get into the middle of December it could be a week-by-week situation for him.”
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“He’s getting closer, but he still hasn’t gained 100-percent of his strength back in that leg, and we certainly don’t want to take a risk.”
Before the season got underway it was thought that Rondo could be back on the court around early January. He has been on the bench for every game and continues to practice with the team in a limited role. Last week, Ainge said Rondo was cleared for 1-on-1 games but not for 3-on-3 or full contact drills.
While the Celtics could certainly use Rondo’s playmaking ability, they have done well with Jordan Crawford and Phil Pressey at the point thus far. Crawford has filled in for Rondo as Boston’s starting point guard over the last five games, averaging 13.4 points and 5.8 assists per contest as the Celtics have gone 4-1 over that stretch.
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Rondo has been out since last January, when he tore his ACL in a double overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
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