Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge confirmed on Thursday that Rajon Rondo will miss "a couple of weeks" after suffering a sprained left ankle in a 118-116 win over the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden.
The news comes as a bit of a shock. Even though Rondo clearly wasn't healthy during the fourth quarter, and had problems doing simple things like delivering on-point passes, he expected to play tonight against the Atlanta Hawks at home.
With Rondo out, Nate Robinson and Marquis Daniels are likely to be the biggest minute beneficiaries.
Robinson will likely get the starting job. He's already started four games this year for Rondo earlier in the season, and did pretty well: 16.5 PPG, 5.5 APG, 3.3 RPG, 62.5 FG%, 57.9 3PT%, 29:00 MPG.
Marquis Daniels is now essentially the backup point guard. Von Wafer should see more time on the floor, and Avery Bradley might be able to manage a bit more than the 5.6 minutes per game of garbage time he is averaging.
This is just the latest in a series of debilitating injuries that have "hampered" the Celtics. Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal, Kendrick Perkins, Delonte West and now Rondo have all missed varying lengths of the season thus far.
It's possible that we could see the O'Neal twins back sometime over the next week or so. Reports for Jermaine were very optimistic, as he participated in pregame practice yesterday.
Perkins is recovering from MCL surgery, and isn't expected back until January or February at the earliest. West is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured right wrist, and no timetable has been set for his return.
The move is obviously a huge blow to the Celtics, but it could end up being a blessing in disguise. The Celtics have the personnel to deal with the multitude of injuries over the short term, so long as no one else goes down.
Time off would provide Rondo with much needed rest for a hamstring injury and a painful foot condition called plantar fasciitis, which he has had to deal with for virtually the whole season.
The Celtics are currently atop the Eastern Conference with a 20-4 record, two-and-a-half games over the Miami Heat. They are riding an 11-game win streak, the longest in basketball.