Stevens: Rondo's decision on back-to-back


WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens left open the possibility that point guard Rajon Rondo could play in his first and only back-to-back of the season later this week, but said the decision ultimately lies with Rondo and the team's training staff.

Since returning from a torn ACL in mid-January, Rondo has sat out the second night of eight back-to-backs, including Saturday's loss in Detroit. The Celtics have only five games remaining this season, one of which is Saturday's visit to Cleveland on the second night of a back-to-back.

The Celtics host Charlotte on Friday, but could Rondo give Saturday a go as well?

"I do think he’s getting better. He looks like he’s getting healthy; I think he’s recovering better," said Stevens. "That’s ultimately going to be his decision, based on how he feels on that day. He hasn’t played a back-to-back yet, so that would be a new thing. Is there a positive or negative to that? I don't know. But that will be his call, along with [team trainer] Ed Lacerte."

Regardless of whether he plays on Saturday, Stevens expects Rondo to log plenty of court time before season's end.

"He’s going to play a ton," said Stevens. "We’re going to try to have him finish as strong as he possibly can, because we think it’s really important for him to continue to play hard and play well. Again, establish some momentum for us heading into the offseason."