Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo has a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
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The Celtics announced Rondo's injury during Sunday's 100-98 double-overtime victory against the Miami Heat, stating the four-time All-Star will undergo surgery.
The initial report was that Rondo had a hyperextended knee, but tests showed the ACL tear, an injury from which it usually takes up to a year to recover. A date for the surgery had not been scheduled as of Sunday afternoon, said team spokesman Brian Olive, who confirmed that Rondo's season is finished.
"Obviously the Rondo news is tough," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said after the game. "I knew before the game, but I didn't tell anyone. Obviously it was pretty emotional."
Rondo is expected to seek a second opinion to gauge his best route for recovery. He was chosen as the starting point guard for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game in Houston on Feb. 17.
Now the Celtics hope he can be ready for the start of next season.
"How far is that?" Rivers said. "I don't even know how long that is. Eight months? Nine months? So he'll probably be ready, but I don't know."
Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, Rondo's closest friend on the team, took the news hard.
"It was a big blow to everybody in here, me included," Garnett said. "Man, that hurt. It's tough. We had a tough game, came in, and he told the whole team in the locker room. It's tough, tough on everybody.
"(Rondo is) becoming the heart and soul of this team. He's coming into his own. Had some bumps in the road, but we're just trying to be supportive for him."
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