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Celtics lose Leandro Barbosa for the season

His torn knee ligament latest major team injury

Through the Big Three Era, the Celtics have dealt with their share of injuries. The Kevin Garnett knee ailment that robbed them of a chance to defend their title with a full squad in 2009. The Kendrick Perkins torn ACL that may have cost them a second title in 2010. And that Achilles’ tendon injury that prevented Celtics fans from seeing anything close to the real Shaquille O’Neal.

Such setbacks are customary for NBA teams; significant injuries occur all the time. But for the Celtics, the past 16 days have been a medical nightmare. On Tuesday, they lost their third player in that span to a season-ending injury, as Leandro Barbosa was diagnosed with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

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