Rondo injured his knee in Friday night's double-overtime loss in Atlanta, a game in which the Celtics blew a 27-point lead. He reported to the TD Garden on Sunday for a pregame shootaround but was taken to a hospital after complaining of knee pain. The initial report was a hyperextended knee but tests showed the ACL tear, an injury that usually takes up to a year for recovery.
Rondo's triple-double was his second in as many games, and he also flirted with triple-doubles in the previous two games.
Rondo led the Celtics with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists after nearly completing a triple-double in his previous game. He was two assists shy in that loss in Cleveland on Tuesday. Rondo had a career-high six triple-doubles in 2011-12 and has 17 over his seven seasons.
Rondo was responsible for Boston's first 19 points, with five assists and seven points in the opening 6:17.
Though he didn't have a big game, fantasy owners were surely just glad to see him back on the court.
It was Rondo's 15th double-double of the season but it came in a losing effort, the Celtics' fourth straight.
Rondo participated in the team's morning shootaround. It was not clear how he was injured. The three-time All-Star had started all 24 games for Boston, averaging 13.6 points, 11.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds.
Rondo had five assists and six boards. It's four games out of five he has failed to reach double digits in assists and that should sound some concern for fantasy owners.
Rondo, who had a streak of 37 consecutive games with at least 10 assists come to an end earlier this season, has failed to reach 10 assists in back-to-back games.
Rondo had 16 points, 14 assists and a season-high 13 rebounds. He's averaging 17.0 assists against the Sixers.
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