|Posted on January 29, 2013 at 1:35 PM|
Here are some quotes from KG, and Pierce on life without Rondo.
"To be honest with everybody here, I think everybody after Sunday was in a fog almost, like almost stop playing, stop bull----ing, kind of type of thing and just settling in," Kevin Garnett said. "I think everybody's trying to put their arms around the concept that [Rondo's] actually hurt -- hurt to the point where he can't play. And I think that's what's got everybody kind of like bewildered or in a fog, if you will. Even him.
"I think he came in this morning, seeing him in there and it was kind of just unreal. But, the fact is that it is real and, like I said, everyone's going to consolidate and pick up the pieces and try to carry this thing."
Garnett added later: "I think we have to [come together as a team]. I think we have to. To pick up the responsibility of one man, yeah, I think we have to."
Paul Pierce echoed Garnett's thoughts on the Celtics coming together as a team for the second half of the season.
"It's very important. We've been feeling that way, even before Rondo got hurt," Pierce said. "We wanted to come together a little bit more, especially with the way we've been playing. But probably now even more so than ever. The chips are really stacked against us when you don't have your best player out there. But it's time to give other guys other opportunities to try to step up and elevate their game. And I know they're capable of doing it."
Pierce made it clear that Rondo can't be replaced by any one person on the team, while stressing the importance of players taking on greater responsibilities.
"You don't really replace a guy like Rondo. It's hard to replace All-Star guards," Pierce said. "So, it has to come from different guys probably expanding certain people's roles. Asking some other players to do what they haven't probably been doing all year, which they're going to have the opportunity to do now. So, I think we definitely have the talent to do that. I mean, we've shown it in a couple games where we've played without [Rondo]. It's just about probably maintaining it now for a longer period of time than just one or two games."
With KG, and Pierce being past their prime. Rondo was supposed to take the load off their shoulders. But now it's back on them like I said in an earlier post. The Celtics have a ton of talent in the backcourt. It's a matter of if they can actually pick up the pieces. Doc was also quoted today that he told Dooling to get into shape. That's not what Ainge said, but maybe Doc feels like the Celts need his voice.