ORLANDO, Fla. Before being an injury replacement for the All-Star game, Rajon Rondo's plan was to get some rest and be ready for the second half of the season.
While his plans for the weekend may have changed, he was still able to get enough downtime to feel recharged for what he hopes will be a much better stretch of play for the Celtics.
"I had a good experience," Rondo said. "It's always an honor to be named an All-Star. I had fun; I spent a lot of time with my family, I enjoyed myself."
He added, "I'll be ready to go."
While in Orlando, Rondo said he spent some time getting shots up.
In addition to the All-Star break, Rondo also missed the Celtics' last two games as part of a two-game suspension for throwing a basketball at official Sean Wright.
"I try to get back out there so I just won't be so cold on Tuesday (at Cleveland)," Rondo said. "I got a lot of shots up the last couple of days on my own."
He certainly didn't get many up in Sunday's game.
Rondo had two points on 1-for-3 shooting.
Instead, Rondo stuck to what got him to the All-Star game - passing.
He had eight assists in just under 16 minutes. The only player for the East with more assists was Dwyane Wade, who played about 33 minutes and finished with a triple-double of 24 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.
Those are the kind of numbers - at least the rebound and assist numbers - that Rondo is known for registering.
And while it's unclear what kind of impact the two games missed will have on his play, Rondo isn't overly concerned.
"It won't take me long to get back into the swing of things," he said. "I only missed two games. Everybody's had a break."
And while he knows he has to step his game up, Rondo said the goal for him is the same.
"I'm ready to get back and get some wins," Rondo said. "That's the only thing that matters."