Following the departures of head coach Doc Rivers and franchise cornerstones Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, there wasn’t much expected of the Boston Celtics. Plus the fact that All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo was still recovering from a torn ACL didn’t bode well for Boston.
The Celtics have been able to overcome all of this despite having a brand new starting lineup outside of Avery Bradley and a new head coach in Brad Stevens. With Rondo’s pending return, will this end up being exactly what Boston needs or will it just hurt the current team’s chemistry?
Rondo’s return bumps current starting point guard Jordan Crawford back to the bench. Crawford has played well ever since he took over point guard duties. In fact, Jordan is currently second on the team in scoring. Will Rajon reclaiming his point guard spot hurt Crawford’s production or will it just make Boston’s bench that much deeper?
The certainty in all of this is the fact that the Celtics’ offense should run more fluidly with Rondo’s return. Rajon isn’t much of an offensive scoring threat, but Rondo has certainly made a living on dropping dimes. Rondo is also a better defender than Crawford so the combination of Bradley and Rajon in the back court may very well give Boston the best defensive back court in the entire NBA.
There are a lot of pros regarding Rondo’s return, but there are a lot of question marks as well. Rust will also be a huge factor in all of this. The Celtics should welcome Rajon back with open arms but hold out on showing full blown excitement until they see exactly what they get with Rondo back on the court.
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