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Stevens: Rajon Rondo Likely Won’t Play Tonight vs. Sacramento Kings

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston CelticsCeltics’ head coach Brad Stevens just joined Gresh & Zolak on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston to talk about the team’s recent play. In the interview, Stevens addressed the statuses of both Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley after both players sat out practice yesterday.

“I don’t know how many games he’s played since January 17th but it’s been a few,” Stevens continued, “You are going to have just fatigue and general soreness on his other muscles. I think it doesn’t look like he’ll play tonight, based on the early morning report that I got. We’ll hear final word when we get ready for our walkthrough.”

The news was a little better concerning the status of Bradley, who has been hampered by a sprained right ankle in recent weeks.

“Avery will be determined later on tonight. It’ll be a better chance than Rondo, but it’s probably 50-50 he will play tonight,” Stevens said.

The head coach went on to explain what is ailing Rondo specifically to cause the team to be cautious with him.

“I think the biggest thing is not many people can sit out for one year and then play turn right around play nine games in 20 days and not experience {soreness}. Our biggest thing with him is being really conservative is making sure as he goes through this he feels good when he’s on the court, because it’s really important as you are coming back in and getting your rhythm that you play well,” Stevens said.

In classic Rondo form, he gave Stevens soon news about his body after the Sixers’ win.

“He was really sore towards the end of the Philly game which he told us after the fact,” Stevens said.

Factors like this will cause the team to be cautious with him in the upcoming weeks. We’ll have the latest on the status of Rondo and Bradley tonight at the Garden.

  • hax

    Might be overanalyzing it but this could mean ‘hey we just saw a couple 11 assist games on a team led by Jeff ‘Not Mean’ Green. Let’s keep this safe, slow, and build a super team around Rondo!’

    • The Cardinal

      The ever-changing rotations are pretty interesting. I’m never sure whether players are being auditioned as trade bait, auditioned as players we’d like to keep going forward, or whether there are other things going on with injuries, health, attitude, etc…

      The team as currently constructed definitely have the wings to run with Rondo, so unless there is a future Kevin Durant out there, you’d think the focus would be on acquiring a center and backup point guard ( and I’d still trade Jeff Green, Bass, Bayless and/or Humphries in a heart beat under the right circumstances).

      • hax

        Yep. 😀
        Hopefully we can pick Danny’s mind by feb 20th.

        Also seeing Chris Johnson’s contract is multi-year, reportedly.

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  • Ghost of Garden Past

    Welcome to first of many “fatigue” and other mysterious injuries we’ll see. Brad knows what he has in Rondo and Sully, now he needs to draft that next piece. He can’t do that if he wins games.

  • hax

    Wallace is pushing a near triple double xD
    Celtics looking good unless the have a huge meltdown.
    But with Wallace leading us like Rondo would, how can we lose?

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