Rondo returns, Barbosa unlikely against Timberwolves

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Rondo returns, Barbosa unlikely against Timberwolves

BOSTON The Boston Celtics will welcome one guard back, while another one is questionable for Wednesday night's game against Minnesota.
Rajon Rondo returns to the Celtics lineup after serving a two-game suspension for pushing Brooklyn's Kris Humphries, but the news isn't as good for Leandro Barbosa.
After missing the last two days of practice, Barbosa (illness) returned to participate in the Celtic's shoot-around on Wednesday morning.
However, he didn't do enough to convince C's head coach Doc Rivers that he was fit and ready to play tonight.
"He's going to dress," Rivers said. "I can tell you I'm going to try and not use him. He's not feeling great at all. He did not look great today. He's doing the fluid thing and all that stuff, but he's going to be in uniform."
His absence would likely mean more minutes for Courtney Lee, who made the most of his extended action the last couple games with Rondo's suspension.
"Courtney's been playing well the last six games," Rivers said. "You notice it more because he was on the floor more, maybe. But he's in a good place, he really is. It took him a while, but he's got it. You can see it. That doesn't guarantee great play every night, but his effort, his positioning defensively, offensively he's running the floor ... he's doing a lot of things for us right now and that's been good. We've needed it, and it's going to serve us well."

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