Rondo still not ready for back-to-backs

Rondo still not ready for back-to-backs
March 9, 2014, 11:30 pm
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BOSTON — If you're going strictly on what you saw out of Rajon Rondo Sunday night against the Pistons, you probably think he could play a full 48 minutes in 100 straight games.

But unfortunately, that's not how it works. The fact is that Rondo is still recovering from his ACL surgery, and while it may not appear that he's hindered by anything out there on the court, he's still dealing with the aches and pains that go along with playing 30-plus minutes of an NBA game.

For that reason, he will not be playing on the second night of any back-to-backs, at least not in the near future. Boston plays in Indiana on Tuesday, and then comes back home for a game against the Knicks on Wednesday. If Rondo goes in Tuesday's game, sorry fans, you won't get a look at him on the court Wednesday.

"It's a matter of a combination of things that bother me," Rondo said. "My lower part of my body: my calves, my Achilles, and then my knee. So it's just part of those three that affect me after games that the next day I need the rest."

Rondo feels the pain in his leg more the next day than during or immediately after the game.

"Yeah, I'm pretty sore when I wake up," Rondo said. "My Achilles bothers me the most when I get out of bed. Throughout the day it gets better. I still don't want to try to overdo it. Something else may happen just because of that."

Rondo said he's not surprised the full recovery is taking this long. He also said he's doing what he has to do to make sure his body is right, through procedures, massages, ice. Rondo was icing both of his legs after the game when the media walked in.

Prior to the game, Brad Stevens said that it's ultimately Rondo's call when he feels healthy enough.

"It's really more how he feels the day after a game," Stevens said. "So yesterday I asked him, 'Are you sore? Are you tired? How do you feel?' He's still a little sore the day after games. Obviously when we have these 48 hours instead of 24 hours, he can recover. It's just another day to get his body right. That's at least the thought, but it'll be more his call than anybody else's. He knows his body better than any of us."