The Boston Celtics organization received awful news today when it was announced that starting point guard Rajon Rondo would miss the rest of this season with a torn ACL. This is just a killer injury for a team that relies so much on their starting point guard. Rondo makes getting a triple double look so easy and the team does not have a backup point guard on the roster. Rondo hopes to heal quickly as it is no guarantee that he will be ready for the start of next year either. He injured the leg during the team’s Friday night loss to the Atlanta Hawks in double overtime. Recent video footage has been leaked that shows him possibly suffering the injury during the second overtime.
What does the team do now to solve its current point guard problem? If they keep the same roster for the rest of the year, it appears that Courtney Lee would take Rondo’s place in the starting lineup, sharing ball-handling duties with Avery Bradley. This is obviously not the situation the Celtics would prefer, but they have no choice. When Jason Terry enters the game off the bench, he will also shoulder some of the load. As you can see, there are not a lot of great options at head coach Doc Rivers’ disposal. Paul Pierce will obviously have to continue the majority of the team’s scoring output on the offensive end. Teams will focus more on him now knowing that the Lee-Bradley backcourt lacks scoring potency.
Life without Rondo is certainly not a positive scenario for the Celtics and it will be quite some time until we see him wearing a Celtics uniform again.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18