Rajon Rondo won't play in the NBA All-Star game, but he might be playing in the NBA by the time the All-Star game rolls around — Feb. 16. 

The Boston Celtics point guard, who's rehabbing a surgically repaired right knee, doesn't know exactly when he'll be back. But he does expect to return soon, Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe reports.

The inability to play is obviously frustrating for Rondo, the franchise player and most important piece of a Boston team that's fourth place in a bad Atlantic Division.

"Just not playing," Rondo told the Globe. "I don’t even like to watch the game anymore. It’s frustr


"You see things that you just can’t help."

Rondo still could serve a stint with the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics' D-League affiliate, before a return to the NBA. But he said he's unsure if that's the route he'll take. 

The Celtics need Rondo, who's known for his superb offensive facilitation more so than his scoring ability, to help spark production. Boston is the third-worst passing team in the league (19.3 assists per game) this season.

Rondo averages 8.3 assists per game for his career.