Rusty Rajon Rondo easing his way back

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NEW YORK — The Celtics need work. “A lot of work,” Rajon Rondo said Tuesday night.

That much was obvious after the Celtics were blown out, 114-88, by the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

But Rondo, who is easing his way back into the lineup after missing nearly a year following a knee injury, also needs a lot of work, a point he, his coach, and his teammates are quick to admit.

“He’s still in the rehab stage, but he’s getting better and closer,” coach Brad Stevens said. “He’s getting used to playing with these guys.”

However, Rondo, who had 5 assists and 7 points on 3-for-13 shooting in 27 minutes, doesn’t exactly see this time as his exhibition season, as Stevens has called it.

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