Here’s another play that might have caused the torn ACL, this one from late in the fourth quarter of the Hawks game. It happens right at the beginning of the clip as Rondo drives to the basket and comes up hobbling. The absurdity here is that he then went on to play two overtimes on the injured leg. H/t @RajPrashad for the pass along.
We’ve done some digging here at CelticsHub and have appeared to uncover what may be the play Rajon Rondo tore his right ACL on during Friday night’s loss against Atlanta. In the sequence, Rondo goes up for a jumper and comes down very awkwardly on his right leg on the landing, with his leg buckling a bit under him.
Rondo remained in the game after this play and appeared to be moving very gingerly, jogging between the three-point line on both ends of the floor. At the time, this probably looked like Rondo dogging it a bit with the C’s trailing by 10 in the closing minutes of double OT, but as we know now, Rondo was trying to battle through a torn ACL. Incredibly, Rondo even made a jumper at the minute mark in double OT, and came down grimacing again as he landed.
Say what you want about the guy, but he truly has guts to last two minutes on the floor if this was the play he was injured on. Give it up for Rondo.