Boston Celtics

Rondo looking for second opinion on ACL with Dr. James Andrews

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Rondo looking for second opinion on ACL with Dr. James Andrews

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo will get a second opinion within days on his torn right ACL injury.

And that second opinion may come from arguably the best in the business - famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

"He (Dr. Andrews) is one that we're definitely considering," Rondo's agent Bill Duffy, told CSNNE.com. "If he's No. 1, there's a couple 1As and 1Bs we're looking at as well."

Duffy said the second opinion on Rondo's knee will not be made for at least another four or five days in order to allow the swelling to go down.

In addition, Duffy said they are in the process of setting up meetings with other athletes who have had similar injuries.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is among those that Rondo's camp hopes to speak with very soon.

Peterson suffered a torn left ACL and MCL injury on Christmas Eve in 2011, and was back on the field for the season opener in September - less than nine months after the injury.

Not only did he come back ahead of schedule, but the All-Pro running back was seemingly better than he was prior to the injury as he rushed for a NFL-leading 2,097 yards which was just nine yards shy of the league single-season record set by Eric Dickerson in 1984.

And the surgeon who performed Peterson's surgery?

Dr. James Andrews.

No timetable has been set for Rondo's return, but the Celtics aren't expecting him back until the start of training camp next season, at the earliest.

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose suffered a torn left ACL injury during the first round of the playoffs against Philadelphia on April 28th last year, with his return likely to be shortly after the all-star break next month.

Duffy said Rondo's trying to be as positive as he can about his injury.

"He's distraught but he understands what he has to do," Duffy said. "We have to have him channel all that energy into getting stronger and healthy as soon as possible."

Rondo was selected to his fourth straight All-Star game earlier this month, and first as a starter. In 38 games this season, Rondo averaged a career high-tying 13.7 points along with an NBA-leading 11.1 assists per game.

Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

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Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe Wednesday that Isaiah Thomas will not need surgery on his right hip after being hampered late in the postseason. 

Thomas originally suffered the injury March 15 against the Timberwolves and missed two games before reaggravating it in Game 6 of the second round against the Wizards. He played the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals but was shut down for the final three. 

“Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge told the Globe. “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”

The Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach wrote that the team waited for swelling to go down before determining whether surgery would be needed, and that “barring any further setbacks,” he will not. 

Thomas is coming off a career year in which he averaged 28.9 points a game. He is entering the final year of his contract.