Magic Celtics Preview
Celtics All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo made his much anticipated season debut Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Introduced as team captain Friday, Rondo played for the first time since he tore his ACL on Jan. 25. The four-time All-Star had eight points on 4-of-9 shooting, four assists and two steals in a little over 19 minutes, but couldn’t keep Boston (14-27) from losing 107-104.
“I thought he was great,” coach Brad Stevens said. “He’s going to be able to get back into the flow of things quicker than most, because he’s not taking time to adjust mentally. He’s been studying the game like he’s been out there for the last 40 games instead of just sitting there.”
As for the Magic they have now lost 10 games in a row and are on the way to another top draft pick.
The one bright spot for Orlando has been rookie Victor Oladipo. He is averaging 13.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this season.
Arron Afflalo scored 24 points in his return after missing three games with a strained right foot, but the Magic could be without center Nikola Vucevic for a seventh straight contest due to a concussion. Orlando is 0-12 without Vucevic, who averages 13.0 points and 11.0 rebounds.