As if this season wasn’t already difficult enough for the Boston Celtics to deal with as the age of some of their veterans seems to be sinking in, the team now has to adjust to playing the rest of the season without star point guard Rajon Rondo–who suffered a torn ACL last weekend. Since then, the Celtics have managed to win their first two games, but if this team has any shot at making a run at the playoffs, they’re going to need Avery Bradley to take his game to a whole new level.
Bradley will take over most of the load at point guard for Boston now that Rondo is out and is coming off a decent performance against the Sacramento Kings in which he scored 11 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists, and three steals. These may not be Rondo-type numbers, but keep in mind that Bradley is nowhere even close to the level of his teammate when it comes to experience.
The Celtics will need just about all of the help they can get from all players over the rest of the regular season, but no player’s role may be more important than Bradley’s considering the value of Rondo at point guard. Rondo was one of the league’s top point guards and he’s arguably irreplaceable, but Bradley is in the perfect position to make a strong name for himself by picking up his game over the last couple of months of the regular season before playoffs get under way.
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