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Rondo says there's '79 percent' chance he'll be ready for Wednesday's season opener

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo warms up with his teammates before a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo warms up with his teammates before a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) AP

Rajon Rondo is optimistic that he'll be able to play in the Boston Celtics' season opener at home Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets.

The former University of Kentucky point guard, who has been recovering from a broken hand suffered during a fall in his home, playfully told the media on Monday that there's a "79 percent" chance he'll play.

"I'm optimistic ... I'm going to get probably another X-ray today and we'll see how it goes in practice today," Rondo said. "Just taking it one day at a time. I don't think Wednesday is realistic, but a lot of rest and more treatment, you never know."

How well his injury has healed isn't the only factor in whether he'll play and how much he can play.

"There's still a long way to go with conditioning," Rondo said. "There's nothing like the real thing."

But how his hand will hold up to contact is the biggest issue.

"If I land on it or if I get taken out of the air and have to brace myself, it's still different, so I don't know yet," he said.

The Celtics eased Rondo back in the lineup last year after missed extended time with an ACL injury.

Coach Brad Stevens said he'll use that experience as a guideline.

"If I had to do it over again I probably wouldn't have thrown him to the wolves the way we broke up his 20 minutes last year in the games," Stevens said, "because it's really hard just to come from not playing to playing. I'll probably look more at four- or five-minute stints at a time and then shorter rests, and then right back in."

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