Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been out for almost a year after tearing the ACL in his right knee. For months there was no specific timeline for his return, but on Thursday it was revealed that Rondo will return on Friday night to face the Los Angeles Lakers.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens and general manager Danny Ainge both confirmed that Rondo would play Friday night, barring any setbacks. Rondo hasn’t played since injuring the knee on January 25 last year.
Stevens said Rondo will likely play 18 to 20 minutes at first, and will likely be limited to about five minutes per quarter. The rookie head coach also said he wasn’t expecting his point guard to be back to his regular self for a while, but getting him back into games was an important step.
Before getting injured during the 2012-13 season, Rondo was averaging career-highs in points (13.7) and rebounds (5.6) per game, to go along with 11.1 assists per contest. He played nearly 45 minutes and had a triple-double in a double-overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks on January 25 last season, then was diagnosed with a torn ACL.
The Celtics could certainly use Rondo back at full strength, as they had dropped nine games in a row before defeating Toronto on Wednesday night.
Boston currently has a record of 14-26 and is three games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.