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With Rondo out for season, Lee, Terry, Barbosa could take over Celtics point guard duties


Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26), left, works against Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo for the ball in the second of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 123-111 in double-overtime. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (The Associated Press)

The Boston Celtics return to practice Tuesday without All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.

He's out for the season with a right knee injury that requires surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Coach Doc Rivers must decide who will bring the ball upcourt from a group that includes Courtney Lee, Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa.

The Celtics had Monday off after their third game in four days. In their second consecutive double-overtime game, they beat the Miami Heat 100-98 on Sunday. Rondo missed that with what the team first said was a hyperextended right knee. An MRI later revealed the tear.

Boston holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, 2 ½ games ahead of Philadelphia before the 76ers' game Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.