Pregame: Rondo out on back-to-back

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, still in the infancy of his return from ACL surgery, will sit out Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers as a precaution on the second night of a back-to-back.

Rondo, who returned to game action on Jan. 17, has appeared in six games, but this will be the second time he's sat out the second game of a back-to-back. Rondo played 27 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the New York Knicks and the Celtics will not take any unnecessary chances as he works his way back after missing nearly a full year of basketball.

Rookie Phil Pressey takes Rondo's spot in the starting lineup and the rest of the unit -- Gerald Wallace, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, and Jared Sullinger -- remains intact.

Stevens had speculated that Rondo might be able to play in Wednesday's game on Tuesday, but quickly backtracked after a conversation with team trainer Ed Lacerte.

"That was just me talking off the top of my head and I didn’t even check before I said it. I probably should have checked first," admitted Stevens. "It was one of those things where, I actually asked Ed a couple minutes after I talked to [reporters on Tuesday] and Ed said, ‘Doubtful we would do that this early.’"

The Celtics could have their entire starting backcourt on the floor as early as Boston's next game on Sunday against Orlando as Stevens offered a brief, but encouraging update on Avery Bradley and the sprained right ankle that has caused him to miss the past four games.

"[Bradley is] getting a lot better, very close to coming back," said Stevens.