BOSTON – Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will miss Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls in order to have a screw removed from his surgically repaired left hand, according to the team.
The Celtics made the announcement late Friday night, just prior to the team charter leaving for Chicago following Boston’s 101-98 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Rondo underwent successful surgical fixation of a left metacarpal fracture back on September 26th and had a screw inserted into the hand during the procedure. The 28-year-old guard returned to action about five weeks after the surgery in late October, just in time for the start of the NBA regular season.
Rondo’s absence Saturday night will leave the Celtics extremely shorthanded in the backcourt, as the team will also be without guard Marcus Smart for the contest. The rookie suffered a severe ankle sprain during Friday’s game and did not travel with the team to Chicago.
Look for swingman Evan Turner and third-string point guard Phil Pressey to see major minutes in the backcourt against the Bulls with both Rondo and Smart sidelined.