Rajon Rondo is out for the season and everything has changed—and not just for the Boston Celtics.
Rondo has a torn ACL.. per Doris Burke on ESPN— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) January 27, 2013
The news is not only heartbreaking for a 26-year-old Rondo, but also for a Celtics team that was barely hanging on as it is.
At present, Boston is clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Without Rondo, the league's leading assist man (11.1 a game), one has to wonder if the Celtics will have what it takes to avoid the lottery.
For a Boston team that was supposed to contend for titles and rival the Miami Heat and New York Knicks, Rondo's absence comes as a potentially crippling blow.
Even with Rondo, the Celtics haven't been able to get back to the Finals since 2009-10. Now that they've lost their floor general, have they lost their championship aspirations as well?
How does his injury impact Boston's standing in the Eastern Conference? And how much does his absence shake up the overall power structure?
We're more than halfway through the NBA season, but in light of Rondo's injury, there's still plenty left to figure out.
*All stats used in this article were accurate as of the beginning of the day Jan. 28 and were compiled from Basketball-Reference, Synergy Sports and 82games.com unless otherwise noted.