To borrow an overused basketball cliche, the ball is now in Rajon Rondo‘s court.
Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reported Monday that the Celtics point guard is close to being medically cleared to play — or may have already been cleared — after missing more than 10 months with a torn ACL in his right knee. Washburn also reported that the decision on when to return to full practice will be up to Rondo.
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Rondo has not suited up for a game since Jan. 25, but he has been slowly easing back into basketball activities throughout the summer and during the early part of this season. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters that Rondo did “some practice” Monday morning as the team prepares for its upcoming game against Milwaukee.
Boston has righted the ship somewhat after a brutal stretch in mid-November, winning three of its last five games after dropping six straight. The Celtics will host the Bucks on Tuesday before taking on Denver in their first nationally televised game of the season Friday night.