Even though the Boston Celtics activated Rajon Rondo for their game on Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors, all eyes remained on Friday’s meeting between the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.
Not because it’ll be a highly entertaining ballgame, but because it’ll mark the (probable) return of Rondo.
“[Rondo is] going to go through and do some [pregame] shooting, and there is a chance that he would suit up tonight,” Stevens said before the game on Wednesday. “But I don’t see a chance that he would play tonight, that it would be more about getting back into that rhythm of pregame activity.”
Rondo was briefly (and by briefly I mean hours) assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the D-League on Wednesday to allow him to get his hand on some “hard” practice time, since the Celtics didn’t have a scheduled practice of their own.
“I think [Rondo] enjoyed it because they kept score. His team usually won,” Stevens said. “But it was more about getting up and down the floor more than anything. I got asked the other day, if and when he comes back, if there would be a minute restriction, and the answer is yes. We’ll cross those bridges with exact numbers when we get there. And go from there. But he looked pretty good.
“[The D-League workout] accomplished what we wanted to accomplish. I have not talked to anybody, including Rondo, since the workout was over. I watched it for a few minutes, and then I left. Because I needed to — obviously, we’ve got a lot going on around here, but we have a game tonight.”
On Wednesday, Rondo was in uniform because the Celtics were low on bodies. However, on Friday, that won’t be the case at all — at least that’s not the plan.
The plan is for Rondo to get back on the court. And while it won’t be with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett or even Jason Terry, it’s still the Celtics. More importantly, it’s still Rajon Rondo’s team.
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