The Celtics were dealt a crushing blow Sunday when they learned that their All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo has a torn right ACL and will not play again this season.
The team announced the injury during the their game against Miami. The Celtics said a date for Rondo to undergo surgery has not yet been determined.
Rondo got an MRI on his right knee Sunday after sustaining an injury to it on Friday during the Celtics’ double-overtime loss at Atlanta. It was previously thought that his knee might have been hyper-extended, but the MRI appears to have shown otherwise.
“Rondo will be fine,” Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said. “He just will not be fine this year. But he’ll be fine.”
Rivers said that the team was celebrating its 100-98 double-overtime win against Miami when he came into the locker room to address the team with the news about Rondo.
“Guys were just celebrating, and then it just…” Rivers said of the mood, his voice trailing off.
Rondo, who was selected to start in the All-Star Game for the Eastern Conference, was averaging 13.7 points and 11.1 assists. With him out, the Celtics’ chances of hanging onto the No. 8 and final playoff spot in the East look a lot slimmer.
“It sucks,” Miami star LeBron James said. “It’s terrible. As much as a competitor and as much as I’ve been a rival with Boston over the years, I never want to see anyone go down, and knowing the competitor that he is and knowing how talented he is, I think it’s terrible. Not only for their team but for our league.”
It’s unclear what move — if any — the Celtics would make at this point to possibly add another player, especially a point guard.