It was a hard fought battle on weary legs, but the Celtics could not close the deal tonight against the Bobcats, dropping the contest 94-91 to the Charlotte Bobcats. The seven-game win streak is over, but there is bigger and much more unfortunate news for the C’s coming out of tonight.
Leandro Barbosa went down with a non-contact left knee injury at the end of the third quarter. Barbosa had to be carried off the court by Fab Melo and trainer Eddie Lacerte and Boston’s worst fears appeared to be confirmed after the game, as Kevin Garnett told reporters that Barbosa was likely out for the season. The reserve guard will have a MRI tomorrow, but given that the team has already been informed that Barbosa is done, it’s probably a mere formality it’s a serious enough energy to sidelined Barbosa for the remainder of the year.
Needless to say, the C’s third season-ending injury in as many weeks is an incredible blow to the Celtics and leaves them with only three healthy guards on the roster. In the short term, look for Boston to sign a guard to a 10-day deal in the short term for some additional insurance, but the team’s long term prospects take another serious hit with Barbosa going down.
We’ll have much more on Barbosa’s status and full game coverage in the coming hours here at the Hub.