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Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Rajon Rondo’s return will come Friday, when he is expected to play in his first game in more than a year, as the Celtics face the rival Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and coach Brad Stevens confirmed that Rondo is expected to make his 2013-24 season debut against the Lakers. He should start.
“The plan of attack will be he will play 18 to 20 minutes, and that would be a max,” Stevens said after practice on Thursday. “So then you decide how you want to disperse those and how you want to attack each portion of the game and all those things.”
Rondo didn’t speak with the media Thursday.