Rondo tears ACL in right knee; out for season

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RAJON RONDO of the Boston Celtics is out for the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The news broke out during Boston’s 100-98 double-overtime win over the Miami Heat on Sunday night (Monday morning in Manila) in which Ray Allen returned to his old home court for the first time.

Rondo reported to the TD Garden for a pregame shoot around, but was taken to a hospital after complaining of pain.

The initial report was a hyperextended knee, but tests showed the ACL tear.

Rivers said he learned about 25 minutes before the game that Rondo wouldn’t play. Word of the injury’s severity came during the game.

For the past five seasons, Pierce, Allen and Kevin Garnett made up the Big Three. After Allen signed with the Heat as a free agent in the offseason, Rondo joined that group – and became the team leader with his ability to run the offense.

Rondo was chosen as the starting point guard for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game in Houston on Feb. 17. Noli Cruz

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