Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo has a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
The Celtics announced Rondo's injury Sunday during their game against the Miami Heat, stating that the four-time All-Star will undergo surgery.
The initial report was a hyperextended knee, but tests showed the ACL tear, an injury that usually takes up to a year for recovery. 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 following Boston's 100-98 double-overtime victory. "I knew before the game, but I didn't tell anyone. Obviously it was pretty emotional."
Added Celtics forward Kevin Garnett: "(Rondo's injury) was a big blow to everybody here. It's tough on everybody. He's becoming the heart and soul of this team."
Rondo, averaging 13.7 points, 11.1 assists, and 5.6 rebounds in 38 games this season, was a late scratch Sunday, two days after suffering the injury in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks, a game in which the Celtics squandered a 27-point lead.
Rondo attempted to warm up for Sunday's game, but the injury did not improve. He was scratched from the lineup shortly before tip-off and traveled to New England Baptist Hospital for an MRI.