Celtics lose point gaurd Rondo for rest of season

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BOSTON — The Celtics’ grip on the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference already was slipping. Now they’ll have to hang on without Rajon Rondo.

Boston’s star point guard will miss the rest of the season and undergo surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The Celtics won without him on Sunday, beating the Miami Heat 100-98 in double overtime.

But what will the Celtics (21-23) do without him for the remaining 38 games with just a 2½-game lead over the ninth-place Philadelphia 76ers?

“We’ll see,” coach Doc Rivers said. “Obviously, that’s a blow. It’s a huge blow for us.”

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