Marc Spears says Rondo may return January 17th against the Lakers

According to Yahoo sports reporter Marc Spears Rajon Rondo is targeting the Jan. 17 home game against the Los Angeles Lakers for his possible season debut.

Rondo is feeling confident and his knee is feeling good. His one concern, however, is being in game shape:
Rondo said he could play limited minutes, but his conditioning needs to improve. He was initially concerned about a "clicking" in his right knee during practice, but his doctor and former Celtics teammates Tony Allen and Kendrick Perkins, who have both had knee surgeries, told him it was normal. Rondo will wear a knee brace covered by a sleeve when he returns.

Rondo had initially considered a rehab assignment with the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics' D-League affiliate. A possible return against the Lakers gives him another week to improve his conditioning.

"I feel like I'm ready now, but I'm not in shape," he said. "I can go out there and I can give the team 10 minutes. I want to be productive out there. I don't want to limp or drag behind because of my cardio. That would be hurting the team.
"I don't want to be selfish and go out there and not be able to go up and down every possession and give it all I got. That's what I can't do right now."

Finally, something Celtic fans can get excited about after this long difficult road trip and losing streak.

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Celtics tip off at 10:30 E.T. against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland tonight.