There has been quite a bit of fanfare around Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and his return to the court following ACL surgery, but fans of both Rondo and the team got a bit of positive news regarding his path to full recovery on Tuesday morning.
Rajon Rondo is available for 20-25 minutes tonight, up from the 18-20 minutes restriction he was previously under.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 21, 2014
Per the official Twitter account of the Celtics, the minutes “restriction” placed on Rondo has been raised to 20-25 minutes of court time for Tuesday’s game against the Miami Heat. The 27-year-old point guard has played 19 and 21 minutes, respectively, against the Lakers and Magic in his return, but the bump in playing time likely illustrates that he has had no side effects and/or setbacks since returning to the floor.
Boston is 0-2 in his return, but the 2013-2014 season isn’t exactly the main focus for the long-term plan of the Celtics. Rondo is the team’s lone “all-star” at this stage of his career, and because the C’s are 14-28 and on the (far) outside looking in for a playoff spot, the central vision must be on the future, and he is at the center of their plans. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares against the up-tempo, swirling defense of Miami’s perimeter, and this is the biggest test of his recovery thus far.