When reports first came Sunday that Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo had an ACL tear, the initial reaction was heavy skepticism. Rondo had finished the Celtics’ game against the Hawks just two days before, and he had been at the team’s shootaround Sunday morning. He was even walking around TD Garden as the C’s battled the Heat while he waited for the results of an MRI.
Within hours of Rondo being pulled from the game, though, the once-ludicrous suggestion that he could be gone for the season became fact. It was an ACL tear, and the already struggling Celtics would have to go on without the key cog in their championship-hopeful machine.
The news caught even Rondo by surprise. In the time running up to the diagnosis, he knew he was dealing with an injury, but he thought it was far less serious, according to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan.
“He thought it was his hamstring,” Doc Rivers said Sunday of Rondo, who did not meet with the media. “He never said anything about his knee. At our shootaro...