In two or three hours Sunday afternoon, the fortunes of the Celtics’ season changed, and perhaps their long-term future did, too, with the diagnosis of a serious knee injury to All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.
Rondo experienced soreness working out before the Celtics’ 100-98 double-overtime win over the Heat at TD Garden, and when he went for a magnetic resonance imaging it revealed a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.
Rondo is expected to miss the rest of season; an NBA source said he will receive a second opinion to determine the extent of the damage.
The Celtics snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Heat, but their season may have been irrevocably damaged. Coach Doc Rivers said the team was crushed at hearing of the loss of Rondo.
“Obviously, the Rondo news is pretty tough . . . I knew it before the game; no one else knew it,” Rivers said. “I just didn’t think it was any time to tell any of our guys that. I told them after the game. Pretty emotional in the locker room. I just told [the players]; I’m not sure what you can do.
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