BOSTON – Two days ago, Rajon Rondo gave himself a 79 percent chance of playing in the Celtics’ season opener. By yesterday, it was 83 percent.
“100,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.
Rondo’s quicker-than-expected return allows Boston to starting playing rookie Marcus Smart or wing Evan Turner at point guard. Obviously, Rondo, who will have no minutes restriction, is the far superior option.
If Rondo’s Celtics’ supporting cast comes around to support him, Boston has at least an outside chance of pushing for a playoff berth. Without Rondo, those odds were practically zero.
Nets coach Lionel Hollins, whose own team can’t squander opportunities to collect wins and still make the postseason, said he wasn’t surprised to see Rondo back already.
“He’s a good player,” Hollins said. “So, you’ve got to deal with him.”