Rajon Rondo injury: Celtics star says he plans to return before All-Star break

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The Celtics point guard didn't offer any specific dates for a return, but he vowed to be back before the midseason festivities.

Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo said he plans to return from his right ACL injury before the All-Star break, according to Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe.

Rondo has been practicing with the Celtics for several weeks, and he has said he wants to regain his conditioning before returning to the floor. There was talk of a possible D-League stint, but the point guard decided against it:

While Rondo said he'll return before the All-Star break, he didn't give an exact timetable of when he plans to come back. Instead, he was rather vague and offered up this gem:

Rondo underwent surgery on his right knee last February, and with the Celtics in the midst of a rebuild, he has shown extreme patience with his recovery. Boston showed some promise at the beginning of the season, but has now lost six games in a row.

Despite their recent struggles, the Celtics are just 1½ games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The return of Rondo could help Boston with a playoff push, although it's probably better for the future if the team misses the playoffs and gets into the lottery.

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