The Boston Celtics' disappointing season got a lot worse on Sunday afternoon against the Miami Heat, as star point guard Rajon Rondo's knee injury was found to be a lot worse than originally feared.
According to Doris Burke of ESPN (via Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com), Rondo suffered a torn ACL and will be done for the season.
Rondo has a torn ACL.. per Doris Burke on ESPN— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) January 27, 2013
The Celtics have been a mess all season. They entered Sunday with a 20-23 record, eighth in the Eastern Conference. Head coach Doc Rivers has threatened to make changes if things don't get better, but now he will be forced to adjust on the fly without his star point guard.
To illustrate the loss that the Celtics are feeling on the floor right now, Twitter has provided insight as only it can.
The people over at NOT SportsCenter provided an update on the Celtics' already-slim postseason hopes in light of this announcement.
BREAKING: With Rajon Rondo officially having a torn ACL, the #Celtics have been officially eliminated from playoff contention through 2018— NOT SportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) January 27, 2013
Here are two tidbits of information from ESPN Stats & Info, with one illustrating how special Rondo has been this season and another trying to provide hope to upset fans. First, here is how impressive Rondo's stats this season (13.7 points, 11.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game) are.
Rajon Rondo: likely 4th NBA player to finish season with 13/11/5 (pts/rebds/assts pg)- Others: Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Chris Paul— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 27, 2013
Second, since the start of the 2009 season, here is the Celtics' record without Rondo in the starting lineup.
Rajon Rondo out for season w/ torn ACL; Celtics 20-13 without Rondo in last 4 seasons (.606) -- .604 win pct when he does play— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 27, 2013
Staying with ESPN, this one from SportsCenter, here is how good Rondo has been through 43 games this season.
Rajon Rondo leads NBA in triple-doubles this season with 5.He also leads league w/ 19 games of 10+ points, 10+ assists this season— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 27, 2013
ESPN basketball analyst Chris Palmer just made a simple, easy statement about how painful basketball can be.
Next, we have two tweets that are similar in their ideas. Bill Simmons of ESPN and Grantland pointed out the rash of torn ACL injuries we are seeing to all the great young point guards.
Derrick Rose, Ricky Rubio and Rondo all tore their ACLs in the past 12 months. Three of the league's most fun/unique players.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 27, 2013
Those were obviously very different teams, so it is unfair to think that the Celtics will actually play over .600 without Rondo. After all, they are only playing .465 ball with him.
New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who shares a Twitter account with his brother Jason, took to Twitter to make a simple, thoughtful statement.
Terrible news about rajon rondo... Wishing him a fast recovery (D-Mac)— Jason+Devin McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) January 27, 2013
Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports wonders about a pending roster move the Celtics will have to make with Rondo out.
Wonder if @celtics would be interested in bringing back Delonte West with Rajon Rondo out with knee injury?— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) January 27, 2013
Erin Andrews of Fox Sports unleashed a sentiment that everyone in Boston is feeling and/or expressing at this exact moment.
Finally, Jemele Hill of ESPN had some fun with the injury and what it means for the team the Celtics were playing today, arch-nemesis in Miami.
So with Rajon Rondo's injury, the Heat won't see a serious challenger until the Finals.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 27, 2013
Times were already tough in Boston. The franchise needed to find a way to build around its star point guard. Now, general manager Danny Ainge could change his plans about standing pat at the trade deadline.