How do the Celtics replace Rajon Rondo?


How do the Celtics replace Rajon Rondo?

By now, you've heard the news: Rajon Rondo is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

So, what does that mean for the Celtics?

Mike, Tommy, and Scal try to make sense of it all, but one thing is clear: the Celtics guards are going to have to step it up in his absence.

"You're not going to replace Rajon Rondno, but you're going to do it collectively," Scalabrine said. "If he is out for the rest of the season, then the Celtics just found what their identity is. That's 88 shots in two overtimes (vs. Heat on Sunday). They're going to be a slow-down, grind-it-out team that tries to execute in the half-court, and tries to run once in a while when they get stops."

Courtney Lee and Jason Terry are two guards that will see their roles increase with the loss of Rondo, but the guys have much more on the topic in the video, so check it out.

NBA officiating: Smart foul that cost C's potential win was wrong call

NBA officiating: Smart foul that cost C's potential win was wrong call

Were it not for a Marcus Smart personal foul with under 12 seconds to play, the Celtics might have won Saturday’s game against the Trail Blazers in regulation. Instead, they lost in overtime, but it turns out they should have at least had a shot at the regulation win. 

The game's Last Two Minute Report released by NBA officiating, which assesses all calls made in the final two minutes of play, labels the Smart foul “IC,” or “incorrect call.”

Smart was called for a personal foul on a play in which he stole the ball from Damian Lillard under the net and scored. Had the foul not been called, Boston would have held a 112-111 lead with 10.8 seconds remaining. 

The report states the following: The replay shown on the DF BCAST shows Smart (BOS) makes clean contact with the ball.

Portland went on to outscore Boston, 14-10, in overtime to earn a 127-123 win at TD Garden.