The Celtics wrapped up practice today in Waltham just hours ago. It will be one of their last practices in Waltham over the next couple weeks, as the team heads west on a five-game trip on Saturday, featuring two back-to-backs against tough Western Conference opponents.
That challenging schedule means there will be little time for Rajon Rondo to get the floor reps he needs in the coming days with the team, as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL and work his way back into game shape. Now, as Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe just reported, the Celtics are considered using their D-League affiliate in Maine to help get Rondo back into shape.
#celtics coach Brad Stevens said Rajon Rondo heading to NBADL Maine for game action “is a possibility for sure,” and has “been discussed.”
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) December 30, 2013
It’s very rare to see players with the cache of Rondo to head to the D-League in their rehab, but it’s certainly a good option for the point guard to get good practice or game reps, since he won’t be getting many at all with the C’s roster as they play a packed January schedule.
What does the schedule for Maine look like in the coming weeks?
In a fun twist, the Red Claws play their next four games at home in Portland (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) before heading out west themselves for a lengthy road trip next week. It’s doubtful Rondo would travel with the team for that, but could we see him get some game action later this week or perhaps later in the month with the Red Claws. Keep your eye out for any updates.
In other notes of interest from practice today, Gerald Wallace is looking good on the health front, as he’s been cleared to play for tomorrow afternoon’s game against the Hawks. Wallace missed the second half of the Cavs game due to getting knocked in the nose early in the contest.
The Hawks arrive in town with a 17-14 record, good for third in the Eastern Conference. They’ll also be without Al Horford and DeMarre Carroll due to injury.