At times this season, the Boston Green Machine has been like a car that is about to run out of gas. They have stumbled, sputtered, and seemed to be on the verge of choking out.
The Celtics started this season with a new coach, a relatively new lineup, and a major component to their team’s (chances) marooned on the sidelines. Very few people, outside Danny Ainge and the Beantown loyalists, believed that the C’s would be on top of their division at this stage of the season. Not to mention qualifying for the playoffs.
PLAYOFFS! Who in their right minds would say playoffs and Celtics in the same sentence.
Well, the playoffs may be just a tad bit premature, but so far, they have managed to climb atop a weak Atlantic Division with a record of 11-14. And you won’t get any arguments from Celtics’ fans receiving a little help along the way (no harm, no foul…right?).
Especially, after they have received word that the Green Machine has just pulled into the service station to get some much needed petrol. That petrol comes in the form of some highly anticipated news that Rajon Rondo has been released by Dr. James Andrews to participate in full contact practice.
That’s right. The return of Rondo. And he didn’t waste any time, as he had an intense 45-minute workout.
But hold the presses! Before everyone begins touting that his return gives the Green Machine instant turbo power, you must understand that it is still a matter of game conditioning. Remember he has not played since last January 25 when suffered a partially torn ACL during a game in Atlanta.
So, everyone can breathe a little easier now with the prospect of what the future holds for the Ballers from Beantown. But for Rondo, Coach Stevens says: “He’s on schedule to be closer, but it still seems like we’re not going see him on the court this month. Hopefully, the beginning of January he’ll be closer.”by