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Celtics Leandro Barbosa leaves game with knee injury, it doesn’t look good

Feb 11, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

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Already without Rajon Rondo for the rest of this season, the Celtics had been counting on more from Leandro Barbosa off the bench. But late in the third quarter he went to the ground with what looked like a pretty bad knee injury.

The MRI will be tomorrow, but nobody seems optimistic, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at

The severity of the injury is unclear, but it certainly had the look of an injury that will sideline the veteran for a significantly long period of time – maybe even the entire season.

The injury was severe enough to where Barbosa could not get up on his own when it happened. Instead he had to be helped off the floor by teammate and fellow native of Brazil, Fab Melo, along with team trainer Ed Lacerte….

“It’s not looking great,” (Celtics coach Doc) Rivers said of Barbosa’s injury. “But we’ll see.”

The Celtics lost Rondo and Jared Sullinger for the season — for a team with an older core it has been the younger guys suffering the major injuries. But if that ends up meaning more minutes for the vets down the stretch, that would not be ideal heading into the playoffs.

This may make the Celtics more active at the trade deadline, not moving major parts but looking for a point guard to give them depth the rest of the season and into the playoffs.

  1. connorchew - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    if it’s serious it wouldn’t be a bad idea to make a trade for some depth.

    • eventhorizon04 - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:18 AM

      True, but who do the Celtics have to trade (realistically) after all these injuries?

      • mazblast - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        Never confuse an issue by bringing up the facts!

        Especially when a “name” franchise is involved. To fans of the “legendary” franchises, there are perhaps a half dozen rivals and a bunch of teams that are supposed to serve as their farm teams.

  2. n8fite - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Just wondering who there looking at. They almost have to make a trade for a PG. this should be very interesting to see how this plays out with the trade deadline approaching.

  3. halfbaht - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Ange cutting Christmas looks like even more of a bad idea

    • andyhr17 - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:35 AM

      I’m sure if Ainge called up Dionte Christmas right now he would probably leave his job at Home Depot or wherever and come back to the Celtics. He’s not exactly a hot commodity.

  4. ultichiva - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Call Derek Fisher.

  5. norcaldeportes - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Tyreke Evans & Aaron Brooks for Rondo.

  6. bigwii - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Tyreke Evans would be nice but they can’t really trade Rondo right now they wouldn’t get as much for him plus he is someone they might want to build around later on. It sucks all these injuries are forcing Ainge’s hand right now they don’t have any players to trade they only have like 9 healthy players. Knowing Ainge he could do something completely unpredictable and he’s not afraid to make ridiculous deals either so we will see. I was mad when he traded my favorite player Perkins to OKC a couple years ago so who knows. He should sign some free agents he let go like JaJuan Johnson who also has some upside, or maybe play Melo more because he can clog the middle at least. They need another guard too. Even a PF because Bass sucks so many needs so few options now who knows save is Danny.

  7. dexteruk - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    looks like they gotta trade now im up for trading rondo for another guard and a big but wil teams trade for rondo while he is injured??

    • andyhr17 - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:34 AM


      • johnlink00 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        …because nobody ever tanks down the stretch in the NBA…

  8. ss3walkman - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    They’ll probably trade for Will Bynum or Rodney Stuckey from the Pistons. Maybe even Sebastian Telfair from Suns.

    If they go all in, the trade of KG and or Pierce to Clippers for Bledsoe and Jordan is a strong possibility especially when KG said he’d only go to LA if he left Boston. He’s in the drivers seat with the no trade clause.

    • andyhr17 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      You don’t give up on the season just because Leandro Barbosa goes down with a knee injury. That’s like the Bulls folding up shop because Marco Belinelli hurts himself.

      Barbosa was a role player off the bench, yeah he was contributing, but he’s replaceable.

      • ss3walkman - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        Im not saying you do. My feeling was this after Rondo went down. Why not trade Garnett and/or Pierce for players. They aren’t going to be able to play forever.

      • andyhr17 - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        What good is to to trade your best players for Bledsoe and Jordan….Rondo comes back next year and now you’re traded your best players for a backup point guard and an average center.

  9. gildaymonster - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM


  10. pellypell - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    “Someone get Delonte West on the phone”

  11. mazblast - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I have to admit that my first thought when I saw a Celtic being carried off the floor with a “serious” injury was, “Is Pierce faking another major injury, only to come back in the 4th?” I’m sorry Barbosa really did get hurt; he’s no world-beater but he’s OK adn had been doing alright since Rondo was (really) hurt.

  12. paulhargis53 - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    azzblast: Where on here did anyone say that a team was supposed to serve up a player for peanuts?! The guys being discussed are fringe, or past their prime players. In essence, a stopgap.

    No one proposed a ridiculous trade where the Celtics get great players and the other team gets shafted.

    You must be a fan of a team that never competes.

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