Ainge on Rondo's eventual return: "I don't think it's going to happen in the next few weeks. But he is making progress... We're not close."— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 5, 2013
More Ainge on Rondo: "He's not himself yet, but he's pushing himself to get there. We're going to be very cautious with him."— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 5, 2013
Ainge mentioned that Rondo still has a slight limp as he builds up strength in his knee and legs. A "few weeks" still fits the time frame from yesterday's bit of news that RR is scheduled for a check-up with Dr. Andrews in the next 10-14 days. If his appointment is in two weeks, add another two weeks of practice and we should be seeing him on the court in the new year.
Despite Danny Downer's injury update, he was upbeat about the development of the other players on the team. He singled out Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, and Jordan Crawford with the latter two restricted free agents going into next summer. Certainly, the silver linings revealing themselves in Rondo's absence has been the more defined role of AB at shooting guard (which he's thriving in) and Crawford's emergence as a reliable point guard (which he's thriving in).