Rajon Rondo has a torn ACL and is done for the season
Rajon Rondo is done for the year out with a torn ACL he apparently suffered on Friday night. The Boston Celtics best overall player is going in for surgery at some point soon and will likely be gone into next season as well. It was the last thing that the Boston Celtics needed during a six-game losing streak and their status as a “5 percent contender” team fading away.
The first question to ask is whether or not the Boston Celtics can cope without Rajon Rondo in the line-up. They have in the past for games at a time due to various reasons (injuries, suspensions, random bits of Rondo-ness) but never for an extended period of time. In fact, the Celtics haven’t had an injury of this scope and magnitude since 2009 when Kevin Garnett injured his knee and missed most of the rest of the season including the entirety of the playoffs. Sunday, it took until early in the second quarter for the Boston Celtics to even record an assist as a team. Rajon Rondo is the best pure-point guard in basketball and while he did not take the step that Celtics fans wanted from in in terms of scoring this year, he was becoming a more consistent jump-shooter. There was also always “National TV Rondo” who showed up whenever the team was on National Television or in the playoffs. That Rajon Rondo took his game up another level and became one of not only the best point-guards, but one of the best players in all of basketball. He also leads the league in assists per-game mostly because he sees the floor better than almost everyone in the league.
Simply, the Boston Celtics can’t cope with the loss. It’s impossible given all that he does for this basketball team. While Pierce is the captain and Garnett is the heart and soul, Rondo is the quarterback. Losing the quarterback is a tough card for any team and the Boston Celtics are no different.
The question now turns to whether the Celtics need to simply blow it up and start over. That is certainly a possibility. With the Celtics going into the tank with their recent skid, the trade rumors around the team have been swirling with many contenders looking to find a piece from the Celtics for their championship runs. Given the importance of Rondo, it would seem like the logical path, but it remains to be seen how the Celtics rally. It would be unfair to the veterans on this team to simply throw in the towel right away without giving them a chance. Look at how they played on Sunday. Against the best team in the league, they showed heart and fire and perseverance and were able to pull out the victory. It would be hard to just take that all away from them right now. Give it two weeks and if it doesn’t work, blow it up.
It’s just a shame that it’s Rajon Rondo. He is one of the most exciting and interesting players in the game right in the prime of his career and it has been taken away from the NBA and Celtics fans. What is saddest is that there is no guarantee that Rondo will ever be the same.
Granted, I wouldn’t doubt him.
Rajon Rondo to Max during the last timeout.”I’m coming back to play in two weeks.”
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) January 27, 2013