So let's start looking at the impact of Rondo's injury.
First off, this is a loss for all basketball fans. Rondo's a divisive player among fans, but he's also an excellent star, a fierce competitor -- and arguably the most creative player in the league. The season will be worse without him.
From there, a team that was considering a full blowup anyway based on its below-.500 standing now has a serious decision to make. In the wake of Boston's 100-98 win over Miami, there is going to be a strong emotional reaction by fans and possibly by GM Danny Ainge to let this team ride. The idea is that they can rally around the absence of Rondo and attempt an inspirational run. And you can definitely see the Celtics surging behind the absence of their team leader to a playoff spot, maybe to the second round, and maybe even to the conference finals.