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Rajon Rondo is sprinting up and down the court. He’s playing teammates in one-on-one before games. He’s participating here and there in Celtics practices.
These are all recent signs of progress after the All-Star point guard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in January, after he had it repaired a month later by famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, and after he has been diligently rehabbing in the months since.
Fans, media, and others have taken these recent signs to mean that his return to the court could be imminent, perhaps just days away.
Yet no timetable for his return exists, and Rondo is not as close as it might seem.