On the heels of Monday night’s 91-94 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, the Boston Celtics have been hit with more bad news.
Backup guard Leandro Barbosa injured his knee in the third quarter and had to be carried off of the court.
An MRI on Tuesday revealed that he did, in fact, tear his ACL, and will now miss the rest of the season.
Jared Sullinger, whose season ended recently after undergoing surgery on his back, tweeted words of encouragement to his teammate.
The injury to Barbosa leaves their backcourt thinner than it has ever been, now without two guards—both having suffered tears to their anterior cruciate ligaments. All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo recently revealed that his ACL actually only has a partial tear, which may enable him to return to the court in only six months.
Former Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine spoke highly of the team’s ability to bounce back in spite of the adversity that they are facing.
However, ESPN NBA writer Tom Haberstroh probably had the funniest comment.
Considering the timing of the Celtics injuries and the changes in Kobe Bryant’s statistical production for the Los Angeles Lakers, there may be something to that tweet…either that or it’s highly coincidental that Bryant has been passing and rebounding more.
The Lakers next two games before the All-Star break will provide opportunity enough for us to test this theory.
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