After starting the season winless in their first four games, the Boston Celtics are now a .500 basketball team after winning their last four games including an upset victory over defending NBA champions the Miami Heat. Although their momentum may not last, this win streak proves the Celtics aren’t as bad as predicted.
Rajon Rondo is yet to take the court this season for Boston, but the Celtics are slowly beginning to manage without their All-Star point guard. Jeff Green has picked up the scoring void that was opened up when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry all left town for Brooklyn. Scoring may not get improved all that much by Rondo’s return, but he will certainly be able to help in the rebounding and assist categories. No player on Boston averages more than five rebounds per game or three assists per game. Rajon may become the Celtics’ leader in those two categories from Day 1 when he finally returns.
Defensively, Boston has had its ups and downs, but ranks in the top 10 in points given up per game. If the Celtics plan on continuing to build off the momentum they currently have, their defense is going to have to anchor their game plan. Their Offensive points scored, rebounds and assists per game all have Boston in the bottom 10 of the league so the Celtics’ defense is clearly the most important intangible in order for Boston to be taken seriously.
The Celtics will struggle offensively all season because they don’t have a true offensive scorer on their team. However, if they can continue playing solid defense and score just enough points to win games, then Boston may very well end up being a postseason team. Rondo’s return will help their chances, but it’ll take an entire team effort to make the playoffs.
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