The best-case scenario became an impossibility long ago. Now, the Celtics may have to move on to the third- or fourth-best scenario for Rajon Rondo‘s return.
Rondo, who was initially targeted for an optimistic early-December return date, told reporters in Indiana that it could be more than a month or two before he gets back to playing in games. Speaking after the Celtics’ loss to the Pacers, Rondo tabbed “mid-January, late February” as the earliest he can get his strength and stamina back.
Rondo was cleared last week for full-contact practice and called a post-practice scrimmage with teammates after one session. But he and the team have been adamant since his surgery last February that the All-Star point guard will not return to the court until he feels 100 percent. [tweet https://twitter.com/BaxterHolmes/status/414933960649494528 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/ByJayKing/status/414933616980807680 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/SherrodbCSN/status/414937472653864960 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/GwashburnGlobe/status/414938489239515136 align=’center’]
Rondo missed the last three months of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a double-overtime loss to Atlanta. He underwent surgery in February and has never set a firm timeline for his recovery.