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Kevin Garnett told reporters that the Boston Celtics were told point guard Leandro Barbosa's knee injury would end his season. The Brazilian had seen increased minutes since Rajon Rondo's season-ending ACL injury, so this severely strains Boston's point depth.
The Boston Celtics might have lost another point guard to a season ending injury, as backup Leandro Barbosa needed to be carried off the court in the third quarter of the team's loss to the Charlotte Bobcats after his knee buckled under him.
The Celtics still haven't given official word on the injury -- they said they'll know after an MRI Tuesday -- but Kevin Garnett gave some spoilers in the locker room after the game, as reported by the Boston Globe.
"We got the news when we came in the locker room," Garnett said. "It’s tough all the way around. You mesh with these guys and all of a sudden you see a season-ending injury. It’s tough. We’re grinding right now on top of a back-to-back emotional game.
"The blow of Barbosa is kind of the fog or the cloud that’s in the room right now."
When asked if he was told Barbosa’s season was over, Garnett said, "Pretty much."
Courtney Lee said the team wasn't sure yet about the injury, so perhaps Garnett got some bad information, but with the season halfway in the books and Barbosa needing assistance after a knee injury, it wouldn't be surprising if Barbosa's year is over.
It's a blow for the Celtics: after waiting all season to pair Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo, Rondo tore his ACL 13 games after Bradley's return. But they responded from that well, with the team rattling off seven wins in a row -- until last night, when it blew a lead after Barbosa went down.
The speedy Brazilian had averaged 9.0 points in 22.5 minutes in the seven wins after Rondo's injury. He had stepped into a larger role with Lee and Bradley holding down the starting spots. Lee's an off-guard, and although Jason Terry can play point, he's not a big passer at this point in his career. He routinely averaged more than five assists when he played with the Atlanta Hawks, hitting a career high of 7.4 in 2002-20013, but now averages 2.4 per game. That leaves the C's without essentially one point guard on the roster. As Celtics Blog pointed out in a quick reaction post after the game, there's available options, and with only 13 players on the roster, Boston has spots available.