Official word from the Celtics is that point guard Rajon Rondo remains a game-time decision for Friday's tilt with the Raptors. But with three days of rest looming, don't be surprised if coach Doc Rivers continues to exercise extreme caution and keeps Rondo in suit and tie against Toronto.
Rivers admitted that was his line of thinking Wednesday, especially after watching Delonte West break his right wrist.
"No, no, I’m probably less likely, the way things are going," Rivers said. "I’m serious about that. Unless [Celtics trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] says he’s feeling great, I just can’t see us [playing Rondo]. And I know Rondo, so we’re going have to really have a long talk for him to play on Friday."
If Rondo does play, it's a good indication that the team believes he's 100-percent healthy. Otherwise, there's really no reason to rush him out in Game 16, even if the team is shorthanded at ball-handlers with West's injury. This team is deep enough to get by without him for one more game.
Rondo has missed three games with a strained left hamstring suffered in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Oklahoma City on Nov. 19. Nate Robinson would be in line for his fourth straight start without Rondo.