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Rajon Rondo Tears ACL

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Boston’s point guard is done for the season, and the Celtics are now put in a tricky situation.

Rajon Rondo Tears ACL

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The Boston Celtics earned a decisive and thrilling 100-98 victory over the Miami Heat yesterday at the TD Garden, but the news of Rajon Rondo's season-ending ACL tear dampened any celebratory moods. Rondo injured himself during Boston's loss in Atlanta and may have played on it even after tearing it. Rondo underwent an MRI and coach Doc Rivers was the only one who knew about it beforehand. The news broke during the game, so his teammates didn't learn until afterwards.

This has already been a difficult season for Boston, but losing Rondo throws a few wrenches into things. Rondo was one of Boston's bright spots this season, averaging 13.7 points, 11.9 assists and 1.8 steals while being voted to start in the All-Star Game. The Celtics have treaded water all season long. At 21-23, they currently find themselves in third place in the Atlantic Division (seven games behind the Knicks) and holding on to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference (2.5 games up on Philadelphia). The season is slightly more than halfway complete, but with this injury, the franchise has a big decision on their hands.

Boston can still remain competitive in the East. Any team with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce is going to remain competitive. But without Rondo, this team won't be able to win a championship unless something pretty crazy happens. So does the team just stand pat and ride out this season, hoping for the best? Or do they blow things up by trading one of their stars to build for the near future? Outside of Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Avery Bradley are Boston's only real building blocks moving forward. Garnett has a full no-trade clause and more years on his contract, so Pierce would be the most likely candidate to go. But the thought of trading Pierce, even in a time of such uncertainty, seems unthinkable.

Boston GM Danny Ainge has pulled the trigger on big deals in the past, so it's anyone's guess as to what course the Celtics will choose. But the window is only getting smaller for Pierce/Garnett. As difficult as it might be, it might be time to break things up and see what kind of pieces they can get moving forward. There are certainly teams that could use someone like Pierce or Garnett as the stretch run approaches, and if you can get something substantial in return to build once Rondo (hopefully) returns next season, the turnaround might not be as long as you might think.

The situation for Boston and Rondo certainly isn't enviable. Rondo goes down during the prime season of his career, and the Celtics are forced into this difficult decision.  

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