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Celtics’ Rajon Rondo Cleared for Contact, Getting Closer to Return

NBA via Boston Celtics(WALTHAM, Mass.) -- With the Boston Celtics playing above preseason expectations, more reinforcements are coming as All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo has been cleared for full-contact practice activities, and could return to the court next month.

Rondo underwent sugery back in February to repair a torn ACL. The team recently put him through a 45-minute session to test him out.

"He won't play in games, is what I've been told, until after the first of the year," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said. "And that still is, we're talking in big generalities there. I don't know when that means. It could mean a month from now, it could mean six weeks from now. There's a lot of different variables to have to be met for him to be cleared for games."

When healthy, Rondo si one of the best point guards in the NBA. He's averaged over 11 assists per game the past three seasons, including an NBA-leading 11.1 last season before getting hurt.

Through the first 25 games of the season, the Celtics are in first place in the Atlantic Divison at 11-14.

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