Around the Atlantic: C's optimistic about Rondo's recovery

Around the Atlantic: C's optimistic about Rondo's recovery
January 29, 2013, 9:30 am
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The Sixers were unable to hold on down the stretch in a 103-100 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night (see story).

The Sixers were able to hold their own against one of the league's more physical teams in the Grizzlies, but are they soft overall (see story)?

Now, let's look at some news and notes from around the Atlantic Division.

C's optimistic about Rondo
Rajon Rondo is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL. While the loss is clearly a blow to Boston, the Celtics are remaining upbeat.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge has an optimistic timetable about Rondo's ability to return for the 2013-14 season, reports the Boston Globe (via ProBasketballTalk).

“Rajon will get surgery in 10 to 14 days, when the swelling is right and we anticipate that he’ll back and as good as ever in training camp,” Ainge said. “(Kendrick Perkins) Perk came back in six months and that’s a little bit unusual and Adrian Peterson came back in six months and so did Wes Welker. I guess every body is a little bit different and [with] every injury there’s some differences.”

The replacement
With Rondo sidelined, his spot in the league's All-Star Game will need to be filled by another player. Commissioner David Stern will pick Rondo's replacement and ProBasketballTalk believes two members of the Atlantic Division are near the top of candidates.

Rondo's teammate Paul Pierce could fill the void and join starter Kevin Garnett on the team. Pierce is averaging 18.7 points per game this season and was viewed as a snub after missing his first All-Star team since 2007.

Stern could opt to add Brooklyn big man Brook Lopez, who is deserving with averages of 18.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Lopez also represents a new market in the league with the Nets' move to Brooklyn, which could sway Stern's decision.

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