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It’s official: Celtics’ Leandro Barbosa tore ACL, done for season

Feb 12, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

Doc Rivers, Leandro Barbosa AP

The Boston Celtics have been beset by injuries this season — and not to their older, veteran guys but rather to their young studs.

The latest is Leandro Barbosa — the Brazilian backup point guard tore his ACL in the third quarter Thursday night and he is done for the season, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. The Celtics have officially confirmed the news. This was expected news after the way he went down and the reaction in the locker room afterwards, but it is still a blow.

This is the third player lost to the Celtcs for the year since the season started. Rajon Rondo also injured his ACL and soon will have surgery but should be back around the start of training camp next season. Rookie forward Jared Sullinger also is lost for the season due to back surgery.

With Rondo and Barbosa out the Celtics will be looking for a backup PG but it will not be easy, reports Blakely.

Arguably the best free agent point guard available right now is Jannero Pargo who was not re-signed after a second, 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks. Boston may look to its D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, to bring up a player like Andre Barrett or Shelvin Mack, both of whom have prior NBA experience.

Not only are there few quality point guards available either by free agency or via trade, but the C’s now have the challenge of trying to swing a deal with limited trading chips at their disposal.

One guy not being considered is Delonte West, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

For now the Celtics are down to 10 healthy bodies on the roster, and one of those is Fab Melo, who has played in just two games for Boston this season.

  1. 13arod - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    couldn’t be at a better time right

  2. pistol7pete - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Luck of the Irish

  3. frankiebooboo - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Go Sixers!!

  4. jcmeyer10 - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    He was the guy actually trying to get to the hoop. This will be a huge blow.

  5. deavn - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Looks like Avery Bradley has to steer this ship now at the 1 spot. And that’s not saying much. He also has a bad shoulder so who knows what will happen.

  6. jjordannba - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Yo this is the 3rd straight week someone has gone down for the Celtics. And 2 guys tearing their acl on the same team in the same season playing the same position, its just not right.

    This same thing happened last season whe Jeff Green went out for heart surgery and then a few months later Chris Wilcox goes down for the year requiring heart surgery, It’s been nothing but the young dudes and the same injuries. Cmon man.

  7. doublezero74 - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Unlucky is all. No excuses for the Cs they got to keep playing through it. No one in going to feel bad for them so they shouldn’t either.

  8. jj20501 - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Iverson!!!!

  9. paulhargis53 - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    We aren’t lakers fans. We don’t use injuries as an excuse.

  10. mazblast - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    I don’t care for the Celtics, but I feel a little badly for them and very badly for Barbosa for his rotten luck.

  11. cjispro - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Delonte West, former Celtic, pg/sg combo like they had with Barbosa. Should be familiar with the team and the offense. I don’t know if Boston is willing to bring him back though, just seems like a nice fit with little to no break in time.

  12. j0esixpack - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Another player lost for the season? That just means its time for another winning streak.

  13. bifford - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Detroit can give you Rodney Stuckey, for a steep price. (Hey, it’s a sellers market in Boston!)

  14. fiveforetee - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Garnett come to the Clippers! Bye bye Caron and Bledsoe.

  15. kavika6 - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Finally, karma for slamming Ginobili’s head into the floor when he played for the Suns.

  16. 00maltliquor - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Hey Boston…

    You got no PG’s. We got a couple. May I interest you in a little Steve “the other” Blake “in LA”, or perhaps some Chris Duhon to soothe your recent troubles, hmmmmmmmm???

    • loungefly74 - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Blake…for a pair of Sox tickets? wicked awesome! deal!

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