Rajon Rondo Injury: Celtics Star Out for Year with Torn ACL

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2013

Mired in a six-game losing streak and up against the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon, the last thing the Boston Celtics needed was to see an impact player go down with an injury.


UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 12:18 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

Rajon Rondo underwent successful surgery on his ACL this Tuesday, performed by the world-renowned James Andrews.

According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge confirmed there was no further damage to the superstar point guard's knee.

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UPDATE: Friday. Feb. 8, at 7:03 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rajon Rondo will miss six months following knee surgery, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears.

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UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 28, at 6:23 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

While hope for this season may be dwindling, Danny Ainge offered some encouraging news regarding the Boston Celtics' star point guard (via the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy):

Though the recovery from reconstructive knee surgery can vary, depending on the player, Ainge said he expects Rondo to be ready for the start of training camp next season.

Ainge said Rondo should undergo surgery in the next "10 to 14 days."

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UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2:36 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Awful news for Celtics fans, as ESPN's Doris Burke announced on ABC during the Heat vs. Celtics game that Rondo did tear his ACL, according to WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia

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UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2:15 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Celtics fans are hoping for the best when it comes to Rajon Rondo's injured knee, but there is now fear that he may be suffering from a torn ACL, according to the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy

The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn went on to describe any talk of a torn ACL as premature.

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Boston fans, but you're going to be without Rajon Rondo, at least on Sunday. From A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England:

Rondo had been one of the bright spots for the Celtics over the last two weeks and posted back-to-back triple-doubles against the New York Knicks (23 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) and Atlanta Hawks (16 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Here's a fun fact for you: According to ESPN Stats and Information, Rondo has 15 triple-doubles since the start of last season, including the playoffs. LeBron James has the next-most in that span with three.

In his past five games, Rondo has averaged 18.8 points, 10.4 assists and 8.8 rebounds per game. You can point the finger of blame in a lot of directions given the Celtics' recent run of mediocrity, but you can't point one at Rondo.

For the season, he's averaging 13.7 points, 11.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds in 37.4 minutes per game.

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