Rondo 'getting better', not cleared for full contact yet

Rondo 'getting better', not cleared for full contact yet
December 3, 2013, 6:30 pm
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BOSTON — Rajon Rondo's recovery from a torn ACL injury is "going fine," but he tells that he has yet to be cleared for full contact in practice.

"But I'm getting better," he said.

Rondo has spent the past couple of weeks adding on to the workload he does in practice which includes five-on-zero work.

Both Rondo and the Celtics have stayed clear of giving a timetable for his return, primarily because he has yet to be given clearance by his doctors to resume full contact.

Until that happens, Rondo doesn't know when he will be able to resume playing.

A league source told that Rondo will likely meet with his doctors early next week while the Celtics are in New York for games against the Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively.

When asked if he were planning to meet with his doctors next week, Rondo replied with a grin, "maybe."

His return will certainly bolster Boston's chances at winning the Atlantic Division which is surprisingly within grasp despite the Celtics (7-12) being five games below .500.

They come into tonight's game against the Bucks just 0.5 games behind Toronto for first place in the Atlantic.

However, Rondo on Tuesday repeated his previous stance that he would not rush back to the floor until he was both mentally and physically ready to play at a level he's accustomed to.

If Rondo gets clearance to resume full contact in practice next week, it's not a stretch to believe that he'll play sometime this month.

For starters, that would put him about 11 months out from when the injury happened.

Also, the Celtics have all but three games at home in December which would help him ease back into the flow of playing without having to worry so much about the wear and tear that comes with road games.