The Boston Celtics lost starting point guard Rajon Rondo a week ago to a torn ACL that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. It was assumed that the team would immediately fold up and miss the playoffs. Well, a funny thing has happened, the team has actually been playing better without Rondo and are playing some of their most inspired ball of the season. The new starting back court of Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee is starting to click and the team is even receiving some nice contributions from Leandro Barbosa. They are a perfect 4-0 since the Rondo injury and two have those wins have come against the likes of the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Are the Celtics actually a better team without Rondo? No way, that’s stupid. Even though they have been playing much better recently, he is still such an important part of the team and he offers such a unique skill set. They are coincidentally playing better during this stretch without him, but over the long haul, they are going to miss him. This team looks as if they should make the playoffs as a 7 or 8 seed, but they are not going to defeat Miami or a team like the Indiana Pacers with this current roster. Rondo is arguably the best point guard in the NBA and does so many different things to help the team win. He is an absolute stud floor general and is a terrific rebounding guard. His defensive metrics are down a bit this season, but that is because he constantly roams the floor and leaves his man more open then he often should.
The Celtics are playing some nice basketball but the loss of Rondo will catch up to them soon enough.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18