BOSTON — Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is still expected to play Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers, although he would be limited to 18-20 minutes according to coach Brad Stevens.
Stevens, who would not say if Rondo was in fact going to play Friday, did have Rondo on the bench dressed in uniform on Wednesday night.
However, Stevens made it clear after Boston's 88-83 win over Toronto that there was never any plan to play Rondo against the Raptors.
Not even when the game got tight in the fourth quarter and the Celtics were in desperate need for someone to do what Rondo does best - pass the ball.
Up by three points with less than a minute to play, Boston had to call its final time-out because Jeff Green could not in-bound the ball immediately.
Coming out of the timeout, there was never any thought about putting Rondo out on the floor in that situation.
When asked if Rondo would have played if it were an emergency, Stevens quickly shot that down as something considered.
"Well we were up three points with no timeouts trying to get the ball in-bounds and one of the best passers in the world sitting right next to me, so, no," Stevens said. "He would not have been. I told [assistant coach] Jay Larranaga he was next, and [assistant coach] Walter [McCarty] was right after him, depending on what we needed. So that's the way we were going to roll tonight."