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Celtics Lose Rondo, Win Game 100-98

Posted by paul on January 27, 2013 at 3:35 PM

When I tuned into NBA Gamechannel to 'watch' today's game, and pulled up twitter, I immediately knew something was very, very wrong.   The news was that Rondo was a last minute scratch.  Something to do with the knee.  MRI.  Pretty soon twitter was alight with rumors, and they were bad.  Torn ACL.   These were followed, as always, by cautions from the 'adults in the room' not to believe the rumors.  Then came the confirmations.  Torn ACL.  Surgery.  Season over.   Apparently.


So the debate between Rondo fans and Rondo haters is over, I guess, and I guess you could say the haters won.  I won't hold back from saying what I think we all know to be the truth:  many or most haters are glad.  Most won't say it.  Some may even say it.   And for what it is worth, the Celtics do seem to play better in some ways when Rondo is out.   Sometimes, at least, they seem to play together as a team better, and they seem to play tougher defense, and they seem to move the ball around more.  Today they played an amazing game against the Heat.  Pierce had a brilliant triple double, lifting his all-around game as scoring becomes tougher for him.  KG dominated inside  the way he did in the ECF last year at times.  The Celtics hung in there all game long, and used their bench strength to wear Miami down, just as we've been hoping they would do to other teams all season.  Allen was huge off Miami's bench, but no one else came through for Miami.


Some folks seem to be assuming that the Cs are finished now that Rondo is gone for the year.  I think that's far from true.  This team is deep and talented.  They can still be a winning team without Rondo.  I doubt they win a championship without Rondo, but they can win games.   The Haters have been right about  one thing.  The Celtics do seem to play better as a team without Rondo, at least at times.  They play like they've been let out of prison, almost, and they play better defense.   Even a Rondo fan has to admit, I think, some sense of relief that the tension is over.  We can now find out just how good this team can be without Rondo, as so many wished, and maybe they really are good enough to drive deep into the playoffs, or to even win a championship.   I just wish we could have seen a combination of the team we saw tonight with Rondo at his best.  I so wish we could have seen that.  That team would have been a championship team, maybe, possibly a great team.


So you got your way, Haters.  You hounded Rondo relentlessly, and now he's gone.   Happy now?


 Is that unfair?  Is that a cheap shot?  I don't think so.  I don't think it's unfair at all.  I don't think you wanted to see him injured, but I think you wanted to see him gone.   Rondo was a great player.  He was one of the greatest players I've ever seen.    I'll miss him an awful lot.  And I believe that he would have worked out the difficulties he was having leading this team, and if he did that, we might have seem some of the greatest basketball ever by a Celtics team.


I don't mean to be negative when using the past tense just now.  It's just that the way I understand torn ACL injuries, they are very, very tough to come back from, and you really just don't know exactly what kind of player will come back.


http://lowerextremityreview.com/article/osseous-implications-of-acl-reconstruction ;


Maybe Rondo will come back a better player.  If he gives some pretty deep thought to improving on some of the fundamentals that folks have been griping about, he could come back better.  What if he shot better, had better footwork, especially on defense, pushed the pace more but without relying so much on his sheer physical gifts, and so on?  Could that make him a better player?  Maybe?   Maybe some time to think about what went well this season and what didn't will do him some good.  Maybe he'll strengthen himself in ways that will help him, as he rehabilitates.  Maybe he'll figure out better ways to be brilliant without dominating the ball quite so much, or if you have to dominate the ball Rondo, you MUST take responsibility for doing more with it.


And you've got to play tougher D.


Apparently Rondo told Maxwell after the game that he will be back in two weeks.  He's such a tough kid.  He tears his ACL in the Hawks game, still finishes the game, and tries to play tonight.  I think that says a lot about him.  I love the play where he apparently tore the acl, though not the results of the play.  He was trying to take a page from Pierce, driving in the lane, whirling and going for the fallaway.  I guess everyone wondered at the time why he weirdly failed to even release the shot.  I guess now we know.  He must have felt something pop in his knee at the time.


If anyone can come back in two weeks, and as a better player, it's Rondo.  I'd love to see it.  The official word is that he is out for the season.  


Meanwhile, congratulations for an incredible win, Celtics.   So gutsy.  So tough.  So together.  A new Celtics story may start tonight, and maybe a great one.


Get well Rondo.  We love you.

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Reply jlil89
4:28 PM on January 27, 2013 
I really felt for Rondo when they showed him on the TV for the first time today during the game. He looked so upset... like how can this get any worse? It's great he came out to support his team, try to give them an extra jolt to put Miami away.
Reply paul
4:41 PM on January 27, 2013 
jlil89 says...
I really felt for Rondo when they showed him on the TV for the first time today during the game. He looked so upset... like how can this get any worse? It's great he came out to support his team, try to give them an extra jolt to put Miami away.


I cannot imagine what that kid is going through.
Reply Morena
4:44 PM on January 27, 2013 
I still can't believe it.
I'm still thinking that I just need to go to bed, and when I wake up tomorrow, Rondo will be ready to play the next game. This completely broke my heart.
To think that I could never see the same player again is killing me.
Reply paul
5:01 PM on January 27, 2013 
Morena says...
I still can't believe it.
I'm still thinking that I just need to go to bed, and when I wake up tomorrow, Rondo will be ready to play the next game. This completely broke my heart.
To think that I could never see the same player again is killing me.


This is the crazy thing about sports, and Rondo is a guy who plays all out. No one plays harder when he's really going all out.

Bobby Orr damaged his knees his very first year in the NHL. Most folks don't know that. He may have been the best player in the history of the league, but God only knows how much better he could have been. How many great players, though, have we never even heard of because of injuries? Sports is like that. Greatness can be taken away by a stroke of lightning. Lewis is surely one of the most tragic examples, along with Lenny Bias. The terrible things that can happen in a moment are part of the sometimes awful drama of life, and they are very much part of the drama of sports. When you watch a game, you never know when your favorite player, maybe the person your team's hopes rest on, may go down.

So now it's a new journey for Rondo and his fans. Surgery. Recovery. Rehabilitation. Return - hopefully - and then we'll see what kind of career Rondo is able to forge going forward. Maybe even better.
Reply Morena
5:18 PM on January 27, 2013 
paul says...
This is the crazy thing about sports, and Rondo is a guy who plays all out. No one plays harder when he's really going all out.

Bobby Orr wrecked his knees his very first year in the NHL. Most folks don't know that.

I hope he's gonna come back strong.
I don't know.. to see him at the garden in street clothes.. hear his teammates talk about him.. I just can't stop crying right now..
Reply Franklin
5:19 PM on January 27, 2013 
Morena it feels like a bad dream, and this is too much. This season got even weirder. They go up against the enemy with Ray coming back, and the Celtics desperate. Just so weird.
Reply paul
5:23 PM on January 27, 2013 
Morena says...
I hope he's gonna come back strong.
I don't know.. to see him at the garden in street clothes.. hear his teammates talk about him.. I just can't stop crying right now..


I'm with you Morena. This guy got me loving basketball again. I hate this news so much.
Reply paul
5:24 PM on January 27, 2013 
Franklin says...
Morena it feels like a bad dream, and this is too much. This season got even weirder. They go up against the enemy with Ray coming back, and the Celtics desperate. Just so weird.


The timing is incredibly weird. Beyond weird. Really twilight zone territory.
Reply Shawn Cassidy
5:29 PM on January 27, 2013 
I was at work when I got a message from brother that he torn is ACL. I was going to come home and watch it without knowing the score, but I couldn't believe it. I still can't, this team has been through so much after winning it all. This is another chapter of a team fighting as hard as they can. All we can hope for is that they fight,and fight. And who knows what will happen. The odds, and reality say they won't win without him, but at this time I can't compromise with that. Thanks for the recap Paul. I felt for you first. I know how much you respect Rondo, and how much he means to you.
Reply paul
5:53 PM on January 27, 2013 
Shawn Cassidy says...
I was at work when I got a message from brother that he torn is ACL. I was going to come home and watch it without knowing the score, but I couldn't believe it. I still can't, this team has been through so much after winning it all. This is another chapter of a team fighting as hard as they can. All we can hope for is that they fight,and fight. And who knows what will happen. The odds, and reality say they won't win without him, but at this time I can't compromise with that. Thanks for the recap Paul. I felt for you first. I know how much you respect Rondo, and how much he means to you.


He does mean a lot to me, Shawn. The way I am about sports, I love a combination of a team and a player. It's never just the team I affiliate with, or just the player. It's some combination of the two that strikes me. I love seeing a player with passion and vision and creativity. When Rondo was on, no player I ever saw in basketball was more exciting and more fun to watch, or better, or more inspiring. We don't know when he will be back, how he will play if and when he returns, and if he will still be a Celtic.

But at least now the players on the team who wanted Rondo gone, and the fans and media who wanted him gone, get to have their way. As someone said today, fate decided. Something had to give in this situation. The team wasn't following Rondo's lead, and the media hated him, and many of the fans hated him. So now the Celtics step into the future without him. That really was the way it had to be. I wish now he would have been traded. At least then maybe he wouldn't have been hurt this way. I think maybe he was trying too hard. That twisting shot in the lane would have been brilliant had it gone in, but I guess a tired body just tried a little too hard on that play.

And i hope that maybe Rondo's able to fix some of the holes in his game. It's got to start with defense, Rondo. That's where your season hit the rocks. You've got to build your game on a foundation of elite level defense.

Meanwhile, perhaps the Cs will soar. It's clear now that they just did not really want to play with Rondo. So now he moves on, and they move on, and who knows what the future will bring to Rondo, and to the Cs? There's just no telling.
Reply paul
5:58 PM on January 27, 2013 
It looks like Rondo may have hurt his knee early in the Hawks game and then maybe aggravated it several times later. This may also help explain the team's collapse, if Rondo was trying to take it easy on the hurt leg. What a super tough kid.
Reply Morena
2:33 AM on January 28, 2013 
paul says...
It looks like Rondo may have hurt his knee early in the Hawks game and then maybe aggravated it several times later. This may also help explain the team's collapse, if Rondo was trying to take it easy on the hurt leg. What a super tough kid.

It's really incredible.
I've always seen people that needed help walking when they tore ACL.
His threshold of pain is absolutely incredible.
Reply paul
9:46 AM on January 28, 2013 
Morena says...
It's really incredible.
I've always seen people that needed help walking when they tore ACL.
His threshold of pain is absolutely incredible.


Plus, hopefully it's not that bad...