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What Barbosa’s MRI Results Mean for the C’s

Sebastian Lena February 12, 2013 Celtics News, Injuries 21 Comments

Boy, the Boston Celtics just can’t catch a break this year.

They win six games in a row… only to lose their next six. They lose Rajon Rondo for the rest of the season… only to lose Jared Sullinger two games later. They run off a surprising seven-game win streak, beating the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets… only to have it snapped by the cellar-dwelling Charlotte Bobcats Monday night.

It couldn’t possibly get any worse for the Celtics, could it?

Wrong.

With seconds remaining in the third quarter, Leandro Barbosa’s leg buckled from underneath him following a drive. He immediately fell to the floor clutching his left knee and had to be helped off the court.

The look of pain on his face signaled that it couldn’t be any good.

On Tuesday morning, an MRI confirmed the worst.

 

Wow.

It’s an unfortunate setback for Barbosa, who seemed to be benefitting the most from Rondo’s absence.

In eight games since, he was averaging 8.1 points and 2.8 assists per game in 21.2 minutes a night. A vast improvement from the 4.5 points per game he was averaging in just under 10 minutes an outing.

What It Means

With Barbosa out, Boston will be losing one of their most productive players in the wake of Rondo’s injury.

In that eight game span, Barbosa combined with Jeff Green and Jason Terry to provide the best three-man grouping for the team. The trio was plus-28 in 147 minutes on the floor together—the next highest grouping was only plus-four. (per ESPN Boston)

But while losing Barbosa’s production will certainly hurt the Celtics moving forward, it also decreases their already depleted number of trade chips. The team now only has 10 healthy players on the roster.

With Boston in desperate need of additional pieces, Barbosa looks to be the most likely player to be involved in any trade talks before the upcoming Feb. 21 deadline. If not, there’s also a strong possibility the team might consider buying out Barbosa to open up a roster space.

Signed to a one-year, veteran-minimum deal, Barbosa would be a low-cost option for a team that already has two other season-ending injuries (Rondo and Sullinger) taking up roster space.

Such a move would make way for the Celtics to offer a 10-day contract to Shelvin Mack of the Maine Red Claws.  (Sorry, Delonte West is not an option)

In 17 games for Boston’s D-League affiliate, Mack has averaged 19.6 points, 7.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game in 39.8 minutes a night. He’s shooting 46.2 percent from the floor and connecting on 38.3 percent of his attempts from distance.

Mack, who has played 75 career games in the NBA, would be a great fit for the team.

Regardless, the loss of Barbosa is sure to set the Celtics back a bit.

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  • Deezy

    I am unfamiliar with the process that would go into signing a player that is playing over in Europe, but would it be at all possible to get Dionte Christmas back? I know he plays the 2, but I always thought he had serious potential.

  • dino

    Man what a month for the Cs…..

  • @MetroDee

    Shelvin Mack has my vote

  • RedsLoveChild

    ACL = Atrocious Celtic Luck

  • $tephanie95

    I’m nit-picking, but Broussard reporting Barbosa’s ACL injury a few mins ago as a “source” cracks me up. It’s obvious the source is Twitter and any other Boston blogger/reporter. This guy is such a fraud.

    • CelticsBIG3

      I agree. Chris Broussard is the biggest fraud in sports. I don’t trust ANYTHING that guy says about trades or the like. He is full of sh!t.

      • Lebron James

        He’s just a Lebron groupie. Trust me I would know.

  • http://msnhotmail.com belinda

    Wow, they should be alright, he wasn’t playing a whole lot of minutes for them anyway. When I heard he went down, clutching his knee, without any player contact, i knew he torn his ACL, so sorry to hear this!!

    • LA Flake

      yeah but barbosa was a big weapon for us going forward. remember all the guys we brought in to provide that proverbial spark off the bench in the past? marbury, nate, house, cassell, etc? well, barbosa was IT. he is better than every one of them and was getting into a nice groove when this happened. this is a big loss.

      get well soon, LB. hope to see you back in beantown next year!

  • Nate

    Deepest backcourt in the league dropping like flies, this sucks

    • eddysamson

      And they laughed when we had 5 guards…

  • ACLtics

    Just thought I would pop in and say….

    LMFAO!

    • kobe

      not good to laugh about injuries, these are real people. what if you or one of your family members is hit by a truck and we laugh at your expense? karma gonna get you

  • Tyler

    Now is the time to trade KG & Pierce for Young stars & draft picks. The time to rebuild is now. Look to the future, not the past. That is the successful way to run an organization.

    • Danno

      Trade them for who? All the young stars who are worth anything are already on teams that have better records than the Celtics, who dont need pierce or KG. you won’t get anything of value for them.

      • Lebron James

        Also who is gonna be worth trading that will produce like kg and pierce in the playoffs?

    • TNCeltic

      After seeing the heart and soul Pierce and Garnett have shown you still want to trade them? Hope Danny’s not listening to folks like you and lets them finish the year. Their leadership and presence is sorely needed, especially now.

    • Lebron James

      Who cares about the organization? I care more for the players. Without them there wouldn’t be an organization.

  • Mike in DC

    After last night’s showing, I think this makes a lot of sense. Money’s within $1000 too…

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine/?tradeId=bywd32t

    • Mike in DC

      Bass and Melo for Mullens and Sessions if that link doesn’t work.

  • Danny

    At this rate the Cs are going to have to start pulling able bodies out of the crowd at the garden to field a healthy roster. Can’t catch a break. Seriously tho there should be some kind of injury amnesty clause to the cap where when a team has three or more players suffer season ending injuries they should be allowed to go over the cap with no penalty. Not fair to be hamstrung by freak bad luck.