Originally Posted by HRoi
i've been proven wrong before but the Celtics playing well is unsustainable imo. Rondo creates shots for a whole team where only Pierce can reliably create a shot for himself, and was the only reason the Celtics hung tough with Miami in the playoffs. what should be scary for Celtics fans with this 5-0 record is not so much that they end up with a low draft pick (again, the draft sucks this year and they won't suck so hard that they get a top 3 pick anyway)...but this crazy talk that they might be a pretty good team without him. the worst is that they start believing this shit and let him walk or trade him.
Rondo might be my least favorite player in the league but to say the Celtics are a better/good team without him is just insane.
I like Rondo alot, but I know most dont. I agree its not sustainable, Rondo played a lot of minutes and those are minutes that are going to wear down the back court over time. Also, that back court isn't exactly a worldbeater and its putting pressure on Pierce and Garnett to produce. With Sullinger our and Jeff Green's 12 point glass ceiling it can't last.
Huge mistake to move him, but you better believe Rondo notices the run.
Originally Posted by RFX45
I have seen the Celts play 1 game w/o Rondo (against the Clips) so I am not sure if they are indeed better (they did beat a CP3-less Clips where VDN is the lone coach) but the 5-win in a row is the best for the season for them. The best they could hope for is probably 8th or even 7th place (they are in the East) and it did look much more bleek with Rondo there this year and it seems like they aren't going to throw the towel anytime soon so we shall see how they move forward. Green really needs to step it up and be that solid and consistent 3rd option, this is his time and opportunity to shine.
Per above, don't expect much more production, I don't think its in him. Guy's a pretty good player too. Would still prefer him over Brandon Bass in a heartbeat.