Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 2/12/13
For the third time in just 16 days, the Boston Celtics are facing a season ending injury to an important rotation player. First it was All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, lost with a torn ACL in a loss against the Hawks. Next it was rookie starter Jared Sullinger, who's sore back led to surgery to correct an injured disc. Now it appears that reserve guard Leandro Barbosa will join his two teammates on the shelf after his knee buckled following a 3rd quarter drive to the basket in last night's loss to the Bobcats. While Barbosa may not be an All-Star like Rondo, or even a starter, like Sullinger, the team had begun to rely on his ability to score points as soon as he stepped off the bench. Despite averaging just 12.5 minutes per game this season, the 'Brazilian Blur' had chipped in with 5.2 points per game. And since Rondo's injury, his role had grown, as Barbosa was scoring 8.0 points per game over 21 minutes of action. While it was a huge blow when Rondo went down, the solution w...
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