Boston Celtics are still worried about the fitness of Rajon Rondo so much so that they have to take the approach of holding him back from play so he fully recovers from injury.
The 28-year-old point guard is still trying to fully recover from an ACL injury that kept him out of action until he made his NBA season debut on January 17th.
The Celtics have been very cautious with the influential Rondo in his return from a knee injury for two reasons.
His physical state is fragile right now and they don't want a setback.
Boston know that the only way they can contend for future titles is if Rondo recovers fully.
A Rondo at 100% health means they can become a contender again, whether that is because of his quality play for the team or his asset value getting them a good trade deal.
Celtics’ General Manager Danny Ainge insists that as a result of this Rondo won't play in any more back-to-back games this season.
“Based on where we are as a team and Rondo is his rehab, it’s probably safe to say he won’t play back-to-backs the rest of the year,” Ainge told Toucher and Rich of CBS Boston.
“We need him to play because we want him to get re-acclimated; there’s a mental process and mental hurdle to overcome when you come back from an ACL tear.
“So it’s important for him to play some games, but at the same time we don’t want to wear him out or take any risks."