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Rajon Rondo out for season with torn ACL

BOSTON – Celtics star Rajon Rondo tore the ACL in his right knee and will be lost for the season.

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Rajon Rondo played his last game of the season on Friday. (USA Today Sports)

It is possible that Rondo could return for the start of the 2013-'14 season, but a timetable for his return won't be clear until after his surgery.

Rondo injured the knee in Friday's double-overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks, where he had delivered his second consecutive triple-double. He was scratched from the Celtics-Heat game on Sunday with what the team termed a "hyperextended right knee." MRI results Sunday afternoon confirmed the Celtics' worst fears.

Even with Rondo in the lineup, the Celtics had lost six consecutive games and dropped to 20-23 and into the eight spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Boston could miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-'07 season, prior to the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in what turned out to be a championship season in 07-'08.

Rondo was voted to the Eastern Conference's All-Star starting team, but commissioner David Stern will now choose a replacement for him.

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