|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 30, 2013 at 6:30 AM|
“I think it’s going to be, honestly, an adjustment period,” Garnett said. “I think now that we know what the reality part of it is, it’s something that Rondo’s not coming through the door saying, ‘Ta-da.’ It’s what it is. Until that settles in, I can’t answer that truthfully and honestly. But right now, it’s up in the air. But we’ll see soon. This is a different group. We’ll see soon. We’ll see how we react to all of it.”
All of us are wondering what will this team look like? The Celtics are taking this thing day by day. What else can you do. The talent is still here, minus the best player on the team. But it's about the system. It's a team first system, and can that work against the Heat, and Knicks without Rondo?
“The chips are really stacked up against us when you don’t have your best player out there, but it’s time to give other guys opportunities to step up and elevate their game, and I know they’re capable of doing it.”
Playing time and rotations will change without Rondo and his 37.4 minutes per game, but the goals — the ones the Celts had veered from — will not.
“We have a system, and it’s ran a certain way,” said Garnett. “It’s predicated for when guys are in and predicated for when guys are out. As long as you run the system the way it’s supposed to go, it’s not perfect, but it never skips a beat.
“It’s when we get to doing things individual and not doing things as a whole and not doing things as a team that we find ourselves struggling sometimes or not making adjustments or whatever it may be.”
I'm not over Rondo being gone. It still hasn't fully set in. I wake up every morning like nothing happened, and then it hits again. But I'm starting to look forward to what's ahead.