The Boston Celtics have finally come to that proverbial bridge that apparently needs crossing. With a season ending injury to Rajon Rondo that could possibly have him missing the beginning of next season as well, the Celtics would be wise to begin their rebuild now. The team as currently constructed may still be able to make the playoffs, but they kept this particular team together to win a championship not bow out in the first round of the playoffs.
Rondo set the pace for the Celtics. On offense, he kept every one that entered the game involved. On defense, he pestered opposing point guards disrupting the opposing teams offensive plans. You don’t replace Rondo, you can’t replace Rondo. The Celtics currently have not one pure point guard on their roster. They have been making due with a group of combo guards running the show. A heavier burden has been placed upon the aging shoulders of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. No one can expect these Celtics to continue to play at this level without their floor general and rookie Jared Sullinger, who also has been lost for the rest of the season. Danny Ainge may be wanting to do right by his players but now is the time he needs to be thinking about doing right by the Celtics.
Ainge should be making and taking calls for Garnett and Pierce all the way up to the trading deadline. He knew that a rebuild or reshuffle was going to be needed soon, soon has arrived. There will be plenty of teams jockeying for playoff positioning who will be in need of a extra push to get them over the top and Garnett or Pierce can provide that. In return, the Celtics should be looking for young prospects and draft picks. Even before Rondo’s injury this version of the Celtics saw their championship window closing fast. Without Rondo, that window has been slammed shut.