WALTHAM While there's still no official word yet, all indications are that Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will return to the Celtics' lineup tonight against the New York Knicks.
Rondo, who has missed the last eight games with a right wrist injury, was an active participant in the team's morning shootaround.
Earlier this week, coach Doc Rivers said tonight's game was a likely target date for the two-time all-star to return to action.
Prior to Tuesday's win at Cleveland, Rondo said he had done very little dribbling and had focused more on running to keep up his conditioning.
Rondo, who will likely be chosen by the Eastern Conference coaches as an All-Star reserve, told CSNNE.com he would not play in the All-Star game if he couldn't get a few regular season games under his belt leading up to it.
"If they select me and I don't play until Feb. 22 or games before that, there's no way I'm playing in the All-Star game," Rondo told CSNNE.com.
Even if he does play tonight, Rondo cautions no one should expect him to pick up where he left off prior to the injury.
"Regardless when I come back, it's not like I'm going to come back 100 percent," Rondo said. "I'm just trying to get as close as whenever I can function. If that's 50 percent, then I'll be back."
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If the rain doesn't prevent it, the Red Sox and Yankees will play the third and final game of their weekend series Sunday night at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox go into this one having won the first two games and are fresh off an 8-0 win Saturday night with Rick Porcello on the mound. Porcello improved to 5-0 on the season after another strong outing. His fellow Sox pitchers are starting to come around as of late, too.
Red Sox starters have thrown at least 6.0 innings in each of the club’s last 6 games, lowering the starting staff’s ERA nearly a full run from 5.48 to 4.49 in that span.
David Price takes the mound for the Sox. Price leads all major league starters with 13.96 SO/9.0 IP this year, the highest mark for any AL pitcher through April 30 in the Live Ball Era (min. 4 starts).
Here is the full Red Sox lineup:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt LF
Christian Vazquez C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
David Price LHP
Here is the full Yankees lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Starlin Castro 2B
Chase Headley 3B
Aaron Hicks RF
Austin Romine C
Ronald Torreyes SS
Nathan Eovaldi RHP