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They needed Rondo after all

Posted by shawn cassidy on April 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM


We were told that Rondo had become expendable. The Celtics won 7 in a row, and they went 14-4 in their first 18 games without Rajon. During that 18 game span the team found a way to come together. They started off the streak with a major win against Miami. The C's became one, they moved the ball, and they found a new guy to step up every night. The defense came around, and Avery Bradley became the golden boy in Boston.

Let's jump into the negative stuff, let's get it out of the way. There's no way around it. This site is pro Rondo, and at the same time we don't let him get away with everything, but we also have his back. For years many have said that Rondo has made his name by riding the coat tails of the Big Three. Checkmate Rondo, this team fell apart when they needed him most.

Are the Celtics Really This Good Without Rajon Rondo?-Grantland

The Celtics are 4-0 without Rajon Rondo and have scored 102.4 points per 100 possessions in that stretch, a mark that would rank 12th overall — about a dozen spots and 2.5 points better than what Boston’s putrid offense has done for the season, per NBA.com. This has resulted in a predictable rush of instant analysis and debate about whether the Celtics, a below-average offensive team for nearly four seasons, might be “better without Rondo.”

This is a reasonable question, and one Boston’s front office has already thought about while watching the team’s offense sink since 2008-09. But it’s not the precise question the Celtics have contemplated, nor is it really the right one to ask. That question is: Just how good is Rondo, and in what sort of system — coaching, offensive philosophy, teammates — would his skills merit a max or near-max contract?

This piece of the article is suggesting that Rondo is the blame for the Celtics offensive issues since 09',and questing if he's been made by Doc's system,and by the Big Three. In the first round against the Knicks, the Celtics have put up one of the worst scoring outings through three games in league history. KG is labeled the heart and soul, but Rondo has proven to be more then that. He's been a superstar this entire time, hidden behind all-time greats.  The all time greats have always gotten the benefit of the doubt. It's time to give Rondo more credit.

I understand why fans thought this team was better. I wanted to believe it. We wanted it because we couldn't let go of banner 18. We are lusting over it, and 2008 wasn't enough, and isn't enough. But at the same time the fan base shouldn't outcast Rondo. He's the one player who can deliver banner 18 if he's around the right guys.Through this process, Rondo has been a great sport. He wanted this team to win without him. Sometimes I feel like he likes his teammates more then they like him. Rondo may be a guy who doesn't seem like he's a social butterfly, but I think he has a huge heart, and it appears he wears it on his sleeve. Rondo and Perks relationship was just that. 

What did this postseason tell us? Well, I believe fans realize that Rondo is the future. At least I hope that. I don't want to detail Rondo's mistakes this season. I think it's time to make him team captain. It's just damn time.

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Reply paul
7:59 AM on April 28, 2013 
A lot of fans still seem to dream about finding a player we can build the future of the team around. Criminy. Hello - we have a great player we can build around!
Reply Franklin
12:29 PM on April 28, 2013 
Ill be truly thankful when he returns. So should everyone. The fans,teammates.
Reply rcraig617
4:20 PM on April 28, 2013 
People are dumb. I can understand people saying we shouldn't build around rondo even though i don't agree i can see why (he still lacks confidence in his jumpshot, some people don't like how he interacts with coaches, media and everyone else) but I don't see who we should trade rondo for we would't get equal value for him. Now back to the topic the loss of rondo will be more exposed when we play good defensive teams like the knicks if we played miami in playoffs also or chicago we would really struggle to score and specifically in this series felton is just guarding bradley and not having to exert any energy on that end of the floor and is killing us with his offense with rondo he would have to play defense and it would minimize some of his offense.