The Boston Celtics have struggled to a 13-25 record without starting point guard Rajon Rondo, but fortunately for the team, his return could be in the near future.
Brad Stevens on Rajon Rondo's return: "I get the impression that it will be sooner rather than later." Gives no definitive date.—
Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) January 13, 2014
Boston begins a three-game homestand on Monday night against the Houston Rockets. Rondo could return on Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, but the 27-year-old guard has denied a recent report that he will return on that date. The team has not provided an official date for his return to the starting rotation.
The Celtics have struggled in several areas without Rondo. The team ranks 25th in scoring, 23rd in rebounding and 27th in assists. As an all-around player who provides major contributions in all three of these areas in addition to his excellent one-on-one defense, Rondo’s return will make Boston a much more difficult team to play at both ends of the floor.
Despite their poor record, the Celtics are only six and a half games behind the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division title race.