The Boston Celtics have been struggling mightily as of late in the 2013-14 NBA season. They started off of the season playing a bit over their heads and looking like a possible surprise playoff team from the Eastern Conference. However, things have taken a turn for the worse over the past few weeks.
The Celtics have lost nine of their last 10 games and, after falling to the Golden State Warriors on Friday, have lost their last six games. The Celtics are starting to regress to the expected mean and are entering a difficult stretch of their schedule, including a five-game west coast road trip that they are currently in the midst of.
However, relief may be on the way for the Celtics in the form of their star point guard Rajon Rondo.
Rondo has missed the entirety of the 2013-14 season up to this point due to a torn ACL that he suffered in the middle of last season. His rehabilitation has been coming along nicely and now it seems like he’s on the way to returning in the near future.
In a recent report from ESPN, Rondo said that he plans to return before the All-Star break in the middle of February. Rondo wouldn’t commit to a target date and was actually quite playful on the matter, saying that he’ll “probably just wake up that morning and play.”
Rondo will be a huge lift for the Celtics, but he will also help them reaching their ultimate goal of playing their way into the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. He’ll improve this team, help young players go, and make them respectable, but I also don’t think his presence on the court is enough to elevate them to a postseason berth. Nonetheless, it’ll be nice to have one of the game’s best guards back on the floor soon.