|Posted by shawn cassidy on February 4, 2013 at 6:40 PM|
Doc has said it, and Danny has said it, and frankly most of Rondo's teammates have sounded off on the matter. In no way shape or form are these Celtics better without Rondo. In the moment they do things better perhaps, but long term will it last. Can they actually beat the best teams without him? If you think the Celtics could have turned the season around with Rondo, and reach the finals you would be right. That could have happened. But if you tell me this team would win without Rondo.
I wouldn't buy it. The east is weak in certain areas. The Bulls have played without Rose all season, and they have a solid record. What happens when he comes back? Plus if they can do it without Rose. Can the Celtics do it without Rondo? The Celtics have a long way to go before this team can be called better without Rondo, and honestly they're not better without him. But they can still win without him, because they have changed who they are a bit, and most teams don't have them scouted without Rondo.
Yes they move the ball better, and the defense has been stronger. Rondo is one of the greatest defensive players in the game, but he frankly had a bad year on that end. Maybe when he returns he digs down again on that end.
“I wouldn’t say that all,” said Courtney Lee, who replaced Rondo in the C’s starting lineup. “Rondo’s an All-Star. Any time you can add an All-Star to your team, your team is going to be better, so we definitely miss Rondo. We don’t look at it as we’re better off without Rondo, I think we came together and we’re playing hard for Rondo.”
“We’re just moving the ball a lot more, getting everybody involved,” said Lee. “Rondo was our primary playmaker, so he would make plays for everybody else and he would rack up assists, but with the personnel everybody else’s game is more moving, catching and attacking — and playing sets — so that’s what we’ve been able to do.”
Rondo pushed hard for Lee over the summer. I didn't work out like they planned, and reports came out about Lee being unhappy with Rondo. Lee says it. Rondo made plays for the guys, so the ball movement wasn't like it is now. This season has come down to one thing. Let's do it for Rondo. How real that is in the locker room? Who knows, but I hope it's the case, and I hope the loss of Rondo has motivated them to work harder.