As if this season hasn’t already been frustrating enough, the Boston Celtics received a major blow this weekend now that Rajon Rondo will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. At 21-23, the Celtics currently hold the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference if the season were to end today, but the main question everybody wants to know is whether or not this team can still make the playoffs despite the loss of Rondo.
When it comes to the league’s best guards, the argument can be made that nobody tops Rondo as he’s proven to be an all-around threat–whether it comes to offense or defense. What makes this news even more difficult to deal with is Rondo is the type of player that has eyes all over the floor and always seemed capable of making passes that no other players would be able to make.
There’s no question Boston is still talented enough where they could still make the playoffs, but losing Rondo will certainly hur their chances as far as making an impact come April. These types of injuries are never easy to recover from and it should be interesting to see how long Rondo’s recovery period is considering the last thing they want is to see this carry over to the 2013-14 season.
If that does happen to be the case, the Celtics may need to consider a backup plan if there star point guard is unable to return to the dominant level of style we’ve all adjusted to watching him play at over the years.