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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Celtics Injury Update: Rajon Rondo took part in full practice on Friday


By on 10/26/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Boston Celtics head into the regular season opener against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday following a successful 5-3 record during the preseason. After a dismal 25-win season, the Celtics look to improve an offense that averaged just 96.2 points per game. A key to the improvement could be point guard Rajon Rondo, who missed 52 games last season due to injury. He took part in full practice on Friday, recovering from a hand injury, and could be ready for the season opener. 

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I reported on October 22 that Rondo, who has not played since an ACL injury last season, could start contact drills next week less than a month after hand surgery and be ready by opening day..

An update on Rondo, as reported by Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com, is that Rondo took part in his first full-contact practice on Friday just four weeks after undergoing hand surgery.  He wore a shooting sleeve over his left arm during the light shooting phase of practice, adding extra padding when full-contact work started.

Rondo will have his injury re-evaluated next week and if he's cleared for the season opener on Wednesday, the team wont think twice of putting him on the floor.  Coach Brad Stevens added that he doesn't expect any limitations from Rondo. President of basketball operations Danny Ainge knows Rondo is anxious and feels he'll fit right in.

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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