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Ainge says Rondo is still not close to returning

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 6, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Ainge  spoke on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub, Ainge detailed  Rondo's recent activity and shared his thougts on Rondo's return which seems to be long away in Danny's eyes. Without a doubt the Celtics won't rush Rondo's return.

ESPN Boston

"I don’t think he’s close," said Ainge. "Meaning, I don’t think [his return is] going to happen the next few weeks. We’re not on pins and needles about it. We’re being very cautious with Rondo. I think he’s still got a little bit of a limp, his strength is not quite there, but he is making progress. We’re not close."

Ainge said Rondo played 2-on-2 with teammates Phil Pressey, Courtney Lee and MarShon Brooks during Boston's off day on Wednesday. Ainge said Rondo got upset when his team lost games and is clearly eager to get back on the floor with the Celtics.

"He’s just not himself yet, but he’s getting there and he’s pushing himself to get there. Listen, we’re going to be very cautious with him and make sure he’s right before he comes back. There’s just a little bit of a limp still. He’s gotta get that strength back in the knee up to 100 percent before they’ll let him back out on the court."

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