By: Joe Ford — Celtic Nation Correspondent — Apparently, this is the drive in the final minutes of regulation against Atlanta that Rajon Rondo tore his ACL on (aggravated it). What a tough blow for this Celtics team. Writers and analysts are already writing off the Celtics this season. Some fans are calling for a full-scale blow up of this team and look to be competitive in a few years. It’s very realistic for Danny Ainge to get the most for Garnett and Pierce while he still can and deal them to a contending team before the trade deadline. No one wants to see Pierce in another jersey but that day may be sooner than later. Pierce in another jersey is about as messed up as Kobe in a Celtics jersey. Doc still believes his team can come together and rally for Rajon Rondo. “Well, you can write the obituary…You can go ahead, but I’m not. We won tonight, and so the way I look at it is; we’re going to stay in there. In my opinion, we’re going nowhere.” There is still some fight in Doc, but Danny Ainge will decide the fate of this team. Like a connected haymaker in a fight, Rondo’s torn ACL can yield the end of the Big Three Era in Boston by way of TKO. The look on Pierce’s face when told by Doris Burke on national T.V. is disturbing when he finds out the news of Rondo’s injury. It’s tough seeing Pierce looking around during his interview clearly surprised and devastated as if he had just been punched in the gut.
At Celtics “Chalk Talk” following yesterday’s after the game, Celtics Assistant coach Kevin Eastman spoke on the attitude the Celtics will have going forward, and how they will respond to the injury. He said that of course it is a devastating blow but “Rondo is our leader on and off the court, so if you see him on the streets, a few words of encouragement go a long way especially with such a serious injury we are told Rondo has.”
I’m normally a guy who loves the idea of trade rumors and scenarios, but right now that is the last thing I want to think of. If any trade happens, it will most likely be dealing away and aging veteran like Pierce or Garnett and would mean a few tough seasons ahead watching other teams go deep into the playoffs.
The Celtics’ play in the next week or two will determine their future. Will they be able to generate any kind of offense in the half court? How about players running the fast break with Leandro Barbosa, Courtney Lee or Avery Bradley? Will Danny make a move for a point guard that can run our offense? I would love to know what kind of texts are on Danny Ainge’ phone right now