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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Celtics Injury Update: Rajon Rondo could begin contact drills as early as next week

By on 10/22/2014 02:00:00 PM

The Boston Celtics head into Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets with a record of 4-3 on the preseason. Coming off a 25-win season, the Celtics need to improve mainly on the offensive end of the court, where they averaged just 96.2 points per game last season. One player who is certain to help in all facets of the game is veteran point guard Rajon Rondo, who has not played since an ACL injury last season. The good news is that he could begin contact drills as early as next week. 

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I reported yesterday that Rondo, who missed the majority of last season recovering from an ACL tear in his right knee, was progressing nicely and although has not been cleared for contact, could be ready by opening night.

An update on Rondo, as reported by Brian Robb of, is that he could start contact drills next week and be ready by opening day, just five weeks since undergoing surgery. Returning at that time would be a week to three weeks ahead of schedule.

The Celtics are deep at guard with Evan Turner, Marcus Smart, Phil Pressey and Wil Bynum all capable of handling the duties at the point. Given that fact, the Celtics don't need to rush Rondo back into action.

Expect Turner to get the nod as the starter, should Rondo be unable to play in the opener.

Rondo averaged 11.7 points, 9.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game last season. The nine-year veteran has played only 68 games over the past two seasons. Rondo has career averages of 11.1 points, 8.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. 

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