Jan 26, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday (11) shoots a jump shot during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Knicks 97-80. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

What Rondo's Injury and Bynum's Return Means For The Sixers

Rajon Rondo has torn his ACL. Andrew Bynum looks to return soon. The Eastern Conference is going to get very interesting.

This is perfect timing for the Sixers to take advantage, as they are only a few games back behind the Boston Celtics for the 8th seed in the play-offs.

Just a few days ago, we thought the 76ers season was pretty much over. Other than Jrue Holiday being voted into his first All-Star game, there were so many negatives. Everything was going downhill for this team and it seemed like they just couldn’t turn things around. 

Well now there is hope.

On Saturday night, the Sixers crushed the New York Knicks, 97-80, with a dominating performance from Holiday, scoring a career high 35 points. And then the very next day, we heard the news that Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo, will be out for the season with a torn ACL. This is a huge loss for the Celtics because of what Rondo brings to their team.

This injury gives the Sixers a great opportunity to put together a few winning streaks and sneak into the playoffs.

Bynum is scheduled to return soon, sometime around the All-Star break. If he does indeed return then, he will make a tremendous impact. Last season, Bynum averaged 18.7 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game, and 1.9 blocks per game. If he can produce those same stats for the remainder of the season, this will be huge. Just imagine how much the Sixers rebounding and scoring in the paint will improve.

The Sixers must take advantage of this excellent opportunity. 

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