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Rajon Rondo Nearing a Return?

Rajon Rondo (Bos - PG) has been out with a left ankle injury since December 15th, when the Celtics played the Knicks. Rondo went up for a shot in the fourth quarter and rolled his left ankle in the process. He has missed seven total games since the injury, but was listed as active in tonight's game. Currently, Rondo is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Toronto Raptors. Even if he does play in Sunday's game, his minutes will definitely be limited. Doc Rivers and the Celtics organization would not want to force their star point guard to return right away, but rather ease him back into it, despite their injury ridden team. (Kevin Garnett left Wednesday's game with a strained calf, which occurred when he landed awkwardly, after a dunk. Garnett may miss up to two weeks with this calf injury.)

Trying to fill the void of two star players, the Celtics have lost their last two games. Glenn Davis and Nate Robinson have been getting 30+ minutes a game with the absence of Rondo and Garnett. However, these two players cannot be mirror replacements, production wise, and the Celtics have struggled because of this. Rondo has averaged 11.2 ppg and 13.8 apg, this season while Nate has averaged only 10.83 ppg and 3.3 apg over the last six games in Rondo's absence. The Celtics are suffering without Rondo and his return cannot come soon enough.

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