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Celtics Morning Joe:How Far Would The Celtics Have Gone With KG and Pierce Still In Green?

Posted by shawn cassidy on September 8, 2013 at 5:00 AM

The Celtics were 20-23 before Rondo's season ending injury, after that the Celtics went on a tear.They cooled off soon after,and they ended the season with a 41-40 record, meaning they went 21-17 without Rondo. Not a big change, and I think it's fair to say the Celtics may have won about 45-50 games with Rondo if his season didn't end, and the playoffs would have gone down a different path. The Celtics best case scenario if Danny stuck with Paul and Kevin would have been the playoffs, but not a title. This is what Danny said during his Bill Simmons interview. 


"It came to the point where those guys as the best two players on a team aren't going to go very far. Those guys as a, you know, third and fourth or fourth and fifth, however you look at it, are pretty dang good still."

I don't want to rehash the past much anymore, but Danny has given Rondo a chance to build his legacy with the Celtics. He did the same for Pierce, and it's a pity that he's no longer a Celtic, and that he won't finish his career in a Celtics uniform, although I still believe he will sign here for a cheap deal before his career is done. But Danny did the best thing for the franchise.That's what I keep telling myself anyway.

In the end, Danny must have realized that maybe Paul and Kevin couldn't take a step back because being the top guys was all they could be mentally. It was time for Rondo and Green to take over. Their development may have suffered with another year of Paul and Kevin.

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Reply jlil89
1:29 PM on September 8, 2013 
This is the much better move for the franchise in the long run. Both sides realized that.
Reply paul
4:53 PM on September 8, 2013 
I think what you said at the end is it exactly,Shawn. It took the trade for Pierce to finally accept that he's really not the Big Guy anymore. He could make the transition to being a lesser option when he changed teams, just like Ray, but he could not make that transition on this team for some reason. Ego just wouldn't allow it.
Reply Celticslifer
5:47 PM on September 8, 2013 
jlil89 says...
This is the much better move for the franchise in the long run. Both sides realized that.

Agree, it was the right time for Ainge to move on, and its time for all of us.