Celts still wary of using Rondo in back-to-backs

Celts still wary of using Rondo in back-to-backs
March 9, 2014, 5:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Rajon Rondo is looking more and more "Rondo-y" by the game, but it still may be too soon to see him in action twice in two days.

Speaking before the Celtics host the Pistons on Sunday, C's coach Brad Stevens was asked if any decision had been made about Rondo playing in Wednesday's game against the Knicks, the day after Tuesday's game in Indiana. 

"No, I talked to him yesterday for a minute about that," Steven said. "We'll talk to him and Ed [Lacerte] either later tonight or tomorrow and see what it looks like. My guess is probably that he will not play in the second [game] of a back-to-back."

Playing in the second game of a back-to-back would be one of the final hurdles in Rondo's recovery. The point guard is averaging 12.2 points, 8.2 assists, and 4.9 rebounds this season, but is averaging 15.3 points per game since February and just under 10 assists. He's averaging 17.2 points per game over his last five games.

The decision to play or sit seems to be his to make.

"It's really more how he feels the day after a game," Stevens said. "So yesterday I asked him, 'Are you sore? Are you tired? How do you feel?' He's still a little sore the day after games. Obviously when we have these 48 hours instead of 24 hours, he can recover. It's just another day to get his body right. That's at least the thought, but it'll be more his call than anybody else's. He knows his body better than any of us."

Stevens has given no thought to sitting Rondo in Tuesday's game and playing him in Wednesday's, and it seems unlikely he would go that route.

The Celtics will most likely be without Avery Bradley in Wednesday's game as well. Stevens said Bradley looks to be on track for a return late in the week. Boston hosts Phoenix on Friday before traveling to New Orleans for a Sunday night game.