Found February 04, 2013 on Boston Sports Then & Now:
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Barbosa and Lee step up in absence of Rondo As you know the Celtics got the devastating news last Sunday that  Rajon Rondo would be missing the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL. Rondo who had hurt his leg in a game the previous Friday, thought nothing of it feeling that it was just a hamstring injury. He continued to play the remainder of the double overtime game against the Hawks. Sunday, before the game against the Miami Heat he left with some discomfort and the feeling that he may have hyper extended his knee. The team trainer sent him to get an MRI. Right when the trainer evaluated Rondo before he sent him for an MRI he knew it was going to be his ACL and that he would be done for the year. The trainer approached Doc and told him before the game, and Doc informed the team following the game. Near the end of the Celtics overtime victory against the Miami Heat Rondo showed up in street clothes to support the team and share the devastating news. As hard as it was for Rondo to miss a huge game against the rival Heat and Ray Allen’s return to Boston for the first time, it will be even harder for Rondo and the Celtics to have to miss the rest of the season and go through extensive rehab to get back for next season. The Celtics still have the tools and personnel to not completely throw the season down the drain yet. They need to adjust and make changes to fill the void in the starting lineup where their all-star point guard led the team. So far, in four games without Rondo they have done just that by winning all four. Courtney Lee is starting in place of Rondo and Barbosa has had a big increase in minutes off the bench running the point. Barbosa creates a lot of plays off the dribble and takes the ball to the rim. He has proven that he can run the floor, push the ball and help give the Celtics a spark. In the four games with the absence of Rondo he has averaged 10.5 points per game. With a shorthanded roster with Sullinger out also the bench and roles players are the biggest key in order for the Celtics to have success. So far they have really stepped it up and it has proven that they can still win games. Jason Terry, Brandon Bass, Jeff Green, and Leandro Barbosa have all had a huge impact for the C’s. Against the Kings they combined for a total of 43 points off the bench, and against the Magic the four combined for 47 total points. Not to take away from the starters and leaders of the team in Garnett and Pierce who have been playing well including a triple double for Pierce last week. The Bench has been the deciding factor and without them stepping up, the Celtics would not have the success that they have had the past four games. Players have had to adjust and take on new roles, but so far they have done just that. If they can continue to step up and contribute as a team and play consistently then the Celtics have a good chance to still be successful. The C’s will take the hardwood again on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors to try and stretch their win streak to five games.
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