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.
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.
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.
Second, since the start of the 2009 season, here is the Celtics' record without Rondo in the starting lineup.
Staying with ESPN, this one from SportsCenter, here is how good Rondo has been through 43 games this season.
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.
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.
Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports wonders about a pending roster move the Celtics will have to make with Rondo out.
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.
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.