Rondo won't play Saturday vs. Cavaliers

Rondo won't play Saturday vs. Cavaliers
April 8, 2014, 3:00 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — Seeing Rajon Rondo play the second night of a back-to-back set of games will have to wait until next season.

The four-time All-Star said on Tuesday that he will not play in the final back-to-back game for the Celtics this season, which will be Saturday at Cleveland.

Since returning to the Celtics lineup in January after suffering a torn right ACL in January of 2013, Rondo has been kept out of all back-to-back games on the Celtics' schedule.

Head coach Brad Stevens had alluded to the possibility that Rondo might suit up for Saturday's game against the Cavs, but Rondo made it clear that he had no plans of playing. Rondo maintains that at this point in the season, his only goal in Boston's remaining games is to, "get some wins."

But having had such a long layoff while recovering from his ACL injury, making the most of his opportunities to play has been vital to Rondo's progress.

In terms of these remaining games helping boost his confidence, Rondo said, "I'm pretty confident already."

With no playoffs in the future this year, Rondo said he plans to give his body time to rest and heal, improve his leg strength, and "continue to work on my overall game."

Rondo has appeared in 28 games this season, averaging 11.5 points and a team-high 9.6 assists per game. His numbers are a bit skewed when you consider his first few games were with a minutes restriction.

The point guard's improved play has certainly caught the attention of both teammates and foes alike.

"Being the type of player he is, he can affect the game in so many different ways," Washington All-Star point guard John Wall told CSNNE.com. "He's taking outside shots with more confidence, and making them. He's still the same Rondo; not as explosive as he was in the past, but you respect what he can do on both ends of the floor."