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Rajon Rondo returns to practice

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo said he had been hopeful to make it to the NBA All-Star break in February before having screws removed from his surgically repaired left hand, but lingering discomfort led to him begrudgingly undergoing the procedure this past weekend.

Rondo returned to the practice court Tuesday and was a full participant in Boston's offday session. He is expected to start Wednesday's visit from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"[The hand is] a little sore, but nothing I can’t play with," said Rondo.

Rondo detailed how the screws inserted in late September after he suffered a fracture of the third metacarpal were irritating him recently and he was undergoing weekly X-rays to monitor their status. Rondo said that, at halftime of Friday's win over the Indiana Pacers, team physician Dr. Brian McKeon and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge decided Rondo should undergo the procedure Saturday given that Boston had three days off following Saturday's game in Chicago.

Rondo, who missed considerable time in recent seasons while rehabbing from ACL surgery, lobbied to play Saturday, but lost that battle.

"I just wanted to go, travel with my team and play in Chicago," said Rondo. Later he added: "I thought we'd have the day off Sunday anyway, and I thought I could do it Sunday. But they make those decisions."

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