Boston Celtics

Rondo will skip All-Star Game if not healthy


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 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."

Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery


Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe Wednesday that Isaiah Thomas will not need surgery on his right hip after being hampered late in the postseason. 

Thomas originally suffered the injury March 15 against the Timberwolves and missed two games before reaggravating it in Game 6 of the second round against the Wizards. He played the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals but was shut down for the final three. 

“Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge told the Globe. “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”

The Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach wrote that the team waited for swelling to go down before determining whether surgery would be needed, and that “barring any further setbacks,” he will not. 

Thomas is coming off a career year in which he averaged 28.9 points a game. He is entering the final year of his contract. 

Morning Skate: Markov's time with Canadiens likely up


Morning Skate: Markov's time with Canadiens likely up

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while once again shaking my head reading the news headlines this morning. 


*Congrats to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Aaron Portzline, who is another esteemed hockey writer joining up with The Athletic’s Cleveland bureau


*Eric Engels says that the Habs signing Mark Streit to a short term deal means that Andrei Markov’s time in Montreal has come to a close. 


*The writers for the Pittsburgh Penguins have provided what they call “an Intimate Portrait” of Sidney Crosby from his closest boyhood friends. 


*Longtime NHL head coach Bruce Boudreau is trying something a little different out as an owner of a junior hockey team. 


*The Nashville Predators are expecting a decision to come soon on Mike Fisher as to whether or not he’s going to keep on playing in Music City. 


*Sounds like Mika Zibanejad is going to be filling a No. 1 center role for the New York Rangers after signing a big contract with the Blueshirts. 


*For something completely different: Jay Baruchel is looking to revive the Canadian superhero scene after growing up with Captain Canada and Alpha Flight.