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Celtics' Ainge, Stevens: Rondo ready to return from knee injury Friday 'barring setback'

  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo takes a shot prior to the Celtics' NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, in Boston on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Rondo took a step toward returning to action on Wednesday, working out with members of Boston's NBA Development League team at the Celtics' practice facility earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press

  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo watches from the bench during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Rondo took a step toward returning to action on Wednesday, working out with members of Boston's NBA Development League team at the Celtics' practice facility earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press

  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo stretches prior to an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Rondo took a step toward returning to action on Wednesday, working out with members of Boston's NBA Development League team at the Celtics' practice facility earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is ready to return to the court on Friday night, unless he has any setbacks over the next day.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and coach Brad Stevens said Thursday that the four-time All-Star has passed all of his tests. Rondo hasn't played since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament on Jan. 25, 2013.

Rondo was at practice with the Celtics on Thursday morning, but he did not speak with reporters.

Stevens says he's looking forward to seeing what Rondo can do in a game.

The Celtics host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.