Celtics lose another point guard

Published On February 12, 2013 | By Kimberly Petalas

Since Rajon Rondo tore his ACL back in January, Leandro Barbosa has stepped up to the plate to fill some big shoes. In doing so, the Celtics had won seven straight games and were looking for their eighth on Feb. 11 against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Late in the third quarter of Monday’s game, Barbosa took the ball under the Celtics hoop, twisting his knee in a way it was not meant to bend. He had to be carried off the court and was not putting any pressure on either leg.

The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn provided a bleak update on Barbosa via Twitter.


Teammate Kevin Garnett said this injury is going to be tough for everyone.

“It’s tough, man. It’s tough all the way around,” Garnett said. “You work with these guys and all of a sudden you see a season-ending injury. We’re grinding right now, on top of a back-to-back emotional game. Tonight was a very tough game.”

The rest of the game was hard on the team without Barbosa. After losing the star point guard in the third, the Celtics were down by three going into the fourth. Even though the Celtics managed to score the same 19 points that the Bobcats did, they couldn’t make up that three point deficit, losing the game 94-91.

Next, the Celtics will host the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Hopefully we will know more about Barbosa’s situation by then, but we do know if he is at the game, it will be on the sidelines.

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Kimberly graduated from Hofstra University in December 2012. She has been a sports fan her whole life and grew up around sports, whether it was playing or watching them. She started her writing career interning for her local newspaper, The Gardner News, where she currently works as a reporter. In college, Kimberly wrote for Long Island Report, as well as Her Campus Hofstra.