Rondo was a late scratch from Friday's 106-103 triumph over the Charlotte Bobcats due to a bruised left shin, but having sat out the front end of the team's final back-to-back of the season, he has potential to suit up in Cleveland. The game was previously penciled in as a rest day for Rondo given that he has typically taken off the second night of consecutive games while working his way back from ACL surgery this season.
"Obviously, if he feels good he can [play], because it’s not a back-to-back for him," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "But I don’t know. I haven’t talked to [team trainer] Ed [Lacerte]. Ed came in [before Friday's game] and said, 'Rondo is out,' and I went straight to next plan because we only had about an hour and a half before the game."
After missing two games due to right knee tendinitis, Kris Humphries returned Friday and chipped in four points and seven rebounds over 11:26 off the bench. He said he's a game-time decision for Saturday.
"I’m definitely not 100 percent, just the swelling and stuff, but I wanted to get out there," said Humphries. "I had a good workout [Thursday], so I figured I’d come and play [Friday]. We’ll see how it feels [Saturday]."
Jerryd Bayless suffered a hyperextended right knee during the fourth quarter and did not return. He appeared to be walking without issue while departing the Celtics' locker room after Friday's game, but Stevens said Bayless will remain in Boston and undergo an MRI. If the results are encouraging, he could fly to Cleveland on Saturday and meet the team.
Jared Sullinger endured a mild left ankle sprain in the third quarter, but got re-taped and returned to help Boston hold on late. He said he plans to play Saturday in Cleveland.
"There was a wet spot out there," explained Sullinger. "I don’t know where it came from. But there was a wet spot out there, and as I was trying to stop, my foot just kept going and my momentum was going right and I just kind of turned it. As you can see, it’s pretty [swollen]."
Added Sullinger: "We don’t really quit. I know [team physician] Dr. [Bryan] McKeon was like, 'Just call it a night.' I was like, ‘No, I’ve got to play in this game.’ Just something about it."
Asked for his pain level on a scale of 1 to 10, Sullinger suggested he was an 8. It didn't deter him from scoring nine points in the final frame and helping Boston fend off Charlotte's charges.