Torn ACL means Barbosa's season is over

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Torn ACL means Barbosa's season is over

CHARLOTTE, N.C. The MRI results on Leandro Barbosa's left knee confirm that he has suffered a season-ending torn ACL injury.

In the third quarter of Boston's 94-91 loss at Charlotte, Barbosa fell to the ground after making a move that did not draw any contact. It appeared he planted awkwardly and soon went down in severe pain.

The Celtics suspected he had some torn ligaments in the knee following Monday's loss, but he needed to have an MRI to see whether it was an ACL, MCL or PCL-related injury.

He becomes the third Celtics player in less than a month to suffer a season-ending injury, and the second to go down with a torn ACL injury. Rajon Rondo tore his ACL on Jan. 25 in a double-overtime loss to the Hawks.

Barbosa's injury becomes the latest blow to a Boston Celtics roster that has been decimated by injuries.

The C's are down to just 10 healthy players now, and one of those players -- rookie Fab Melo -- has appeared in just two NBA games while splitting time between the C's and Boston's D-League affiliate in Maine.

While many will call for Danny Ainge to make a deal and bring in another point guard, that's a lot easier said than done.

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.

Following injuries to Rondo and Jared Sullinger (back surgery), Ainge made it clear that he was not willing to sacrifice the team's long-term goals for a short-term fix this season.

With the C's relatively close to hitting the luxury tax threshold, they are not looking to make deals that bring on additional salary.

So while Boston's chances of making a blockbuster-type deal still exists, it's more likely that the C's will make a minor trade.

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

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.