BOSTON Rajon Rondo underwent surgery to repair his torn right ACL injury on Tuesday.
The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews who is considered one of the world's best orthopedic surgeons.
While no definitive date has been set for how long Rondo's recovery will take, he is expected to be back in time for Celtics camp next fall.
Team officials said the injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Boston's 123-111 triple overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 25. Despite the injury, Rondo still managed to play in both overtime sessions, and it wasn't determined until hours before the C's played Miami on Jan. 27, that he in fact had a torn ACL injury.
Andrews was the operating physician for the torn ACL and MCL injury suffered by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson suffered his injury on Christmas Eve in 2011, and was back less than nine months later for the Vikings' season opener. Less than a year after the surgery, Peterson rushed for an NFL-leading 2,097 years which was just nine short of the NFL single-season mark set by Eric Dickerson in 1984.
WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas.
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors.
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season.
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday.
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious.
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio.
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart.
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.