Celtics fans, brace yourselves.
Rajon Rondo tore his ACL in a double-overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. And while things can't get any worse for the C's, who are battling for their playoff lives, there's one bigger, possibly more relevant question at hand:
Who will replace him in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game?
Rondo was named a starter alongside Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Kevin Garnett, but now that he's sidelined indefinitely, the NBA will have to send an invitation to some deserving player—likely a guard— to replace him.
Here's a quick look at five All-Star-caliber players in the Eastern Conference who would be less flashy, but adequate replacements for Boston's star point guard.