The official word did not come until the second half, but when it did, the prospects for the Boston Celtics' season, already shaky, took...
BOSTON — The official word did not come until the second half, but when it did, the prospects for the Boston Celtics’ season, already shaky, took an even darker turn: Rajon Rondo will not play again this season.
Rondo, the Celtics’ All-Star point guard, was a late scratch from Sunday’s game against the Miami Heat with what the team called a hyperextended right knee.
He was taken to a hospital, where an MRI test revealed a torn ACL. Rondo will have an operation and miss the remainder of the season.
After Friday night’s double-overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Rondo told the Celtics he had hurt his knee in the fourth quarter but thought it was nothing serious. He played in both overtimes of that game without noticeable discomfort.After the MRI, he returned to TD Garden and watched some of the Celtics’ 100-98 double-overtime victory over Miami.
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he received the news about Rondo before the game but decided not to tell the players.
“I just didn’t think it was any time to tell any of our guys that,” Rivers said. “I told them after the game. Pretty emotional in the locker room.”
“I like the team, still. Obviously, this is a blow. It’s a huge blow for us. When something like this happens, someone that’s already in our locker room is going to play terrific. And I have no idea who it is.”
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• Kobe Bryant had 21 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds to help the host Los Angeles Lakers hold off NBA-leading Oklahoma City in a 105-96 win. Kevin Durant had 35 for the Thunder.
• Carrmelo Anthony tied a franchise record with nine three-pointers, then converted a go-ahead, three-point play with 12.5 seconds left to cap a 42-point night and lead the New York Knicks to a 106-104 victory over visiting Atlanta.
• Brandon Knight had a career-high 31 points, including five three-pointers, and Greg Monroe scored 17 to lead Detroit to a 104-102 win on the road against Orlando. The Magic had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds after a missed free throw, but missed three putback attempts.
The Associated Press contributed to this report