Rondo returns to face Knicks

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Rondo returns to face Knicks

BOSTON Rajon Rondo, who has missed the last eight games due to a right wrist injury, will make his return tonight against the New York Knicks.

Rondo completed his pre-game shooting routine, and went back to the locker room to have the medical staff take one more look at the wrist before being cleared.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed that Rondo will start tonight.

"He's playing," Rivers said.

As far as how much he'll play, Rivers was going to play that by ear.

"I don't know. Go by how he's playing, really," Rivers said. "Your eyes will tell you. Hopefully we'll make the right choice."

Rivers said earlier this week that Rondo's return would most likely be tonight.

In the past few days, Rondo has increased the amount of basketball-related work in the hopes that he would return to the court soon.

Rivers said Rondo has done some one-on-one and two-on-two work.

"It's just different when you haven't played competitive," Rivers said.

Rondo's return not only bolsters the Celtics lineup, but it also makes it more likely that, if asked, he'll accept an invitation to play in the All-Star game in Orlando later this month.

Rondo told CSNNE.com on Tuesday that, if selected by the coaches as an All-Star reserve, he would not play if he couldn't get a few regular season games in in advance.

"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.

Rondo understands his body better than most, which is why he doesn't necessarily expect to pick up where he left off prior to the injury.

"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."

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

The Golden State Warriors are the least of Tyronn Lue's worries, Cleveland Cavaliers coach explained Tuesday.

Even though Lue and the Cavs are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, he is apparently overwhelmed with the Boston Celtics to the point where he isn't even thinking about Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the 67-win Warriors.

"We're just focused on Boston," Lue said of the Warriors following the Cavs' Game 4 win, via ESPN.com. "The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing."

No, seriously.

"Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s---," Lue said of Boston coach Brad Stevens' schemes. "I'll be like, 'F---.' They're running all kinds of s---, man. And Brad's got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. It's tough, you know, it's tough."

Without Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics finished Game 4 with four players who had 15 points or more. They also had six players who scored double digits in Boston's Game 3 win. Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk, Jae Crowder and Al Horford have made heavy offensive contributions. And they not just scoring. The Celtics are working hard off the ball by setting screens and cutting to the hoop to pressure the Cavaliers defense.

The Celtics may not have the Warriors' star power -- but Stevens and Boston are still managing to leave Lue in a state of clear befuddlement after a win.

LeBron James praised Stevens more directly when discussing how the Celtics "run different things" after losing Thomas to injury.

"So they had to kind of reshape, and that’s the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach," James told reporters. "You’re able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm. It’s been challenging for us to kind of — plays out of time-out, kind of been killing us on ATOs and keeping us off balance, but in the second half we kind of got a little bit of rhythm, and think we’ll be better in Game 5."