Rondo will skip All-Star Game if not healthy

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Rondo will skip All-Star Game if not healthy

CLEVELAND Even with all the games he has missed, it's hard to imagine that the Eastern Conference coaches won't select Rajon Rondo as one of its all-star reserves.

But even if he's chosen, Rondo - currently out with a right wrist injury - said that he still might not play.

"If they (coaches) 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 prior to missing his seventh straight game.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters Tuesday morning that Rondo might return as early as Wednesday's game against Toronto, but a more likely target date would be Friday against the New York Knicks.

The latter seems more likely of the two, but even that seems a bit of a stretch.

Rondo has a sore wrist injury, the kind of injury that normally takes a couple of weeks to fully heal. He suffered the injury against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 18.

The two-time all-star has been extremely limited in what he has been able to do since the injury.

"I haven't really dribbled," said Rondo, sitting in the Celtics locker room with a large bag of ice wrapped around the wrist - a treatment he says he has to do four times a day. "I've just been trying to run, to stay in shape. I haven't touched a ball, really."

And while he won't rule out a return to the lineup within the next few days - or hours - he does say that his return isn't contingent on him being totally back to his old self, health-wise.

"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. Right now, I can't function."

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QUESTIONABLE
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

NOT LISTED
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.