Post-game Reactions

The Celtics have now confirmed what multiple reports had the Celtics fearing. An MRI has shown Rajon Rondo has a torn right ACL. He is out for the season, and in all likelihood will be out for at least a portion of next season as well. The news is obviously is incredibly damaging to both the team’s short and long term prospects. We’ll have plenty of time to break it down in the upcoming days here at CelticsHub but one thing is sure. Trades will be coming and they could very well involve Paul Pierce.

For now though, let’s give it up for Rondo who likely played a significant portion of the Hawks double overtime loss on a torn ACL. Kid is a trooper.

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Brian Robb co-founded CelticsHub in 2009 and is the currently editor-in-chief. He is a producer and reporter at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also contributes to Boston.com and Bleacher Report among other outlets.
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  • elroz

    Well, Terry, Lee, Barbosa, and Bradley is not a bad backcourt. Of course the team is not better w/o Rondo or anything, but the other guys can handle the ball. It would have hurt really bad if the team was like 28-12 or 25-15 …but after yet another loosing streak and being below .500, it doesn't seem to matter as much.
    They can move the ball around and take jumpers just fine those four guards.

    Also, I have no idea what I am talking about, but Rondo really has bulked up on his muscles last season and more this season, and he seems to be tiring more, and not as fast as he was. But that might just be my lack of understanding.

    Get well Rajon!

  • I_Love_Green

    I'm all for blowing it up now. The window is officially closed and this era is over. All good things must come to an end.

  • High Rollers

    Wow. That was unbelievable. What a game.

  • KillerGymRat

    Obviously this sucks for the team.

    But I feel bad for Rondo. His first time starting in an All-Star game and he has to sit it out.

    I wish him the best in his recovery.

  • Donnell Kent

    Will the Celtics break up the team; deal of KG and PP?

  • jpbl1976

    I'm hoping this isn't as bad as Rose's. That was painful even to watch. He's been out for 9 months now.

    If we go by the last Celtic who tore his ACL, he was out from Game 7 of the 2010 Finals to in late January of 2011 (a little over 2 years ago today). Meanwhile, Ricky Rubio, who tore his ACL in early March 9 last season came back in mid-December. So their recovery took 9 months. Lastly, Iman Shumpert injured himself in early April and came back a little over a week ago.

    Clearly, it varies from injury-to-injury but from this small sample, it looks like it's 9-months, unless it's a Derrick Rose case, in which case maybe 10-11 months? When is he slated to return?

    Rondo's a tough dude; he was in the lineup 24 minutes before Tip-off of the Miami game so either he was toughing it out or it wasn't as bad as Rose's.

    In that case, we could conceivably have Rondo back in uniform before the start of next season — if we go by 9 months exactly, he'll be ready just before opening night or miss maybe the first 2 weeks. He should be back by training camp. Also, I'm hoping that he doesn't lose any of his skills; to my knowledge, you lose a bit of quickness and explosiveness with a torn ACL but it could be a blessing for Rondo — it'll force him to work on his jumper and maybe even force him to develop his 3-point shot. I've always felt that the only difference between him and CP3 is their scoring ability and Paul's generally more genial media personality.

    What's more, with the advances in medical science, ACL tears are just not as devastating as they used to be so I think there's a big chance Rondo makes a full recovery and is back to being himself by January next season.

    As for blowing it up: Is there a franchise player in the draft on the level of KD or Lebron that's worth tanking the rest of the season for? I don't think so — and KG and Pierce are too proud at this stage of their careers, to agree to that. Besides, the Celtics have already had poor luck with the lottery twice (1997 and 2007) so that's a mirage they'd probably just as soon pursue.

    Moreover, my feeling is that KG would rather retire to Malibu than play out his last 2 years somewhere else. He's just too loyal and probably not young enough to entertain moving elsewhere. Besides, he was already seriously contemplating retirement last season, so we know he isn't going to look for a trade just to chase another championship somewhere else.

    Where it gets tricky is Pierce. After that triple-double against Miami today, his stock's trading higher now and Memphis might be looking to deal Rudy Gay for him. I don't like that trade — Gay's just not as productive or as clutch as Pierce is and I want the Truth to retire in Celtic green. Also, as Simmons likes to point out, Wyc has Pierce's poster on his office wall (is it still there?) so there's an owner bias in Pierce's favor.

    Besides, I think that, as an organization, if you're looking at fosteing and maintaining the kind of professional, classy culture that the Celtics have displayed with this particular ownership group, you have to keep guys like Garnett and Pierce. I don't think Danny can just trade either of those two that easily — especially not without the owners' consent.

    So, if that's the case, we're basically looking at trade scenarios for our other "assets." I'd love to move any of the Jeff Green/Bass/Terry underperforming squad — and I wouldn't mind dealing them for picks. Also, would Toronto mind dealing Jose Calderon for a combination of those three? Green/Fab Melo/Barbosa works for Calderon in a trade. I'm not sure Toronto bites on that, though. How about Terry and Bass for Calderon? Calderon isn't Rondo, that's for sure, but he's one of the better point guards in the league and his shooting numbers are excellent. The C's would just have to hide him on defense and that could be problematic considering that defense has been a problem.

    Of course, we're all already aware of the other trades that were being vetted BEFORE Rondo got hurt, so those could happen too but they'd have to be tweaked from "win now" to "win in Rondo's prime."

    Whatever it is, I have a strong feeling we're nearing the end of this Celtics team as it's currently constituted.

    • jpbl1976

      ^ I deleted Perk's name by accident up there. I was referring to him as the last Celtic who tore his ACL.

  • tbunny

    I feel bad for Rondo, but honestly I've been coming around to the idea that the celtics best trade asset is Rondo. Not that Rondo is the problem per se, but they have good depth at 1-2 and if they could get a 4-5 who is a top 20 player for Rondo (not Dwight Howard), they should do it.

    Also, I guess I'm a crazy Celtics fan but I refuse to believe this kills the team for this season. I just think you can't ever count out Pierce and Garnett. There is a lot of talent still on this team and if they can make a move for a quality big…I just think the talk of "blowing up" the team is poorly thought out. I'll be very interest to see how they play in the next couple weeks.

    • Phil725

      Rondo with a torn ACL isn't their best trade asset… well, he still is, but he's not the type of asset you can move to set yourself up for the future. He'll be a better trade asset at next year's trade deadline when he's proven that he's back at full strength. His value is as low as it'll be until he's an old guy, no reason to move him right now.

      I'd have to disagree that the blow it up talk is poorly thought out. The team is looking at over five years before they can build another legitimate contender (the cap will be tied up with guys like Green, Lee and Terry for years.) If you clear the bad numbers, you can start over sooner if you blow it up now. You can prefer them playing out the string, but there's cases to be made for each side.

      • tbunny

        I meant before the injury.

  • Green to the Core

    The Rondo injury places us in the "bad to worse" scenario. He obviously is a key cog if the Celtics are to have any chance of winning banner number 18. But being the the optimistic pessimist or perhaps the pessimistic optimist, what about this scenario? Has anyone noticed quite a few people blowing by Rondo on defense? Some of the best defense we have seen this year actually was present in yesterday's game against Miami. Green, Bass, Lee, and Terry need to step it up. They have been inconsistent at best. Also the Cs sorely lack players who can create their own offense. That is one area that Rondo will be sorely missed since he can be a one-man fast break. But Lee and Bradley are very athletic so they need to be more aggressive on offense.

  • Green to the Core

    I think trading Pierce would be sacrilege and with his recent slump and age, what do you think you're really going to get for him? If you're talking trading pieces, I would say Bass (who can't create his own shot and is soft), Terry, and maybe Green. Also Wilcox hasn't played forever. Perhaps I'm crazy, but sometimes with a major injury like Rondo's, guys start stepping up and with a few clever Danny moves, we make it to the playoffs. And then who knows? Remember last year when we were up 3-2 to the Heat before blowing it in games 6 and 7. Was that team any better than this year"s? But not having Rondo certainly won't make things easy.

  • I am a big fan of RONDO. I might be an analyst for economic matters but I watch basketball.