The Boston Celtics sadly announced Sunday afternoon that Rajon Rondo will be out the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Rondo arrived to the TD Garden expecting to play, but instead was escorted to New England Hospital for an MRI.
The diagnosis, of course, was devastating.
The Celtics has no idea heading into the Miami Heat game that Rondo was going to be out for the rest of the season. They just thought that he was going to be out for a little bit with a hyper-extended knee. The only person that knew was his head coach, Doc Rivers.
When Doc Rivers was informed about Rondo’s MRI results, he said, "Obviously the Rondo news is tough. I knew before the game, but I didn't tell anyone. Obviously it was pretty emotional."
Rondo’s closest confidant, Kevin Garnett, said that "it was a big blow to everybody in here, me included. Man, that hurt. It's tough. We had a tough game, came in, and he told the whole team in the locker room. It's tough, tough on everybody. Rondo is becoming the heart and soul of this team. He's coming into his own. Had some bumps in the road, but we're just trying to be supportive for him."
Even without Rondo, the Celtics were able to find a way to beat the Miami Heat in a double overtime victory on Sunday. Guards, Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, and Leandro Barbosa, did more than a sufficient job to fill in the shoes of their All-Star point guard. The only question that remains is whether or not the four of them can replace his heart and soul.