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Looking back at Rondo's season checklist

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Looking back at Rondo's season checklist

BOSTON -- During training camp, Rajon Rondo listed out his personal to-do's for the 2012-13 season. At the time he had no way of knowing it would be cut short in January.

I want to take care of my turnovers, he said following the Celtics first practice of the season. I want to get more looks at the basket. I want to be more aggressive to the rim. I want to get to the line, obviously, maybe seven, eight times a game, realistically.

Rondo's season officially ended on Sunday when an MRI revealed a torn right ACL that will require surgery. The point guard, who was voted as a starter in next month's NBA All-Star game, played in 38 games this season, averaging 13.7 points, 11.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.8 steals. He recorded 20 double-doubles and five triple-doubles.

With his season ending on January 27, see how Rondo fared on his checklist:

Goal 1: Limit turnovers

2012-13: 3.9 TO
2011-12: 3.6 TO
2010-11: 3.4 TO

Tied for highest turnover average in the league with Jrue Holiday and James Harden.

Goal 2: Get more looks at the basket (field goal attempts)

2012-13: 12.2 FGA
2011-12: 10.8 FGA
2010-11: 9.9 FGA

Tied for second with Kevin Garnett for most field goals attempted on the Celtics this season. Paul Pierce is first with 15.0 FGA.

Goal 3: Get to the line 7-8 times a game

2012-13: 2.4 FTA
2011-12: 3.4 FTA
2010-11: 1.9 FTA

Rondo attempted 93 free throws, fourth on the Celtics behind Pierce (242), Garnett (146), and Jeff Green (112).

Rondo's season ended with him atop the leader board in assists per game. He also led the entire league in triple-doubles.

Gordon Hayward will have surgery on ankle Wednesday night

Gordon Hayward will have surgery on ankle Wednesday night

BOSTON – Gordon Hayward will have surgery on his left ankle tonight, according to a league source.

Hayward, who suffered a left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday night, was considering having the surgery in Boston or back in Indiana by a doctor who had operated on him when he played at Butler.

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It’s too soon to determine a timetable for Hayward’s return, although the Celtics anticipate he will most if not all of the remainder of this season.

Hayward’s injury delivers a major blow to a Celtics team that were considered a top-two team in the East by most.

With Hayward out for an extended period of time, teams like Washington and Toronto are likely to get more serious consideration as another strong threat to Cleveland which has advanced to the NBA Finals each of the last three seasons.

Replacing Hayward in the Celtics starting lineup was Marcus Smart who joined Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford.

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Celtics expecting 'full recovery' for Hayward, but have no timetable

Celtics expecting 'full recovery' for Hayward, but have no timetable

BOSTON – After going through a series of tests earlier today, the results confirmed what the Celtics’ medical officials had determined earlier which is Hayward has a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia.

Gordon Hayward will have surgery on his left ankle tonight, according to a league source.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens who added, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”

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Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

Players from both teams were visibly affected by the gruesome injury that puts Hayward’s return this season very much up in the air.

“He’s down, obviously,” Stevens said of Hayward. “There’s a physical pain to it, but that’s also doubled by the emotional pain. He put a lot of effort into trying to start this, his career out well in Boston.”

Stevens said Marcus Smart will be inserted into the starting lineup, joining Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford.

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