The Boston Celtics‘ recent struggles could be coming to an end, with news that star point guard Rajon Rondo may be returning soon from his torn ACL suffered last year. Rondo has expressed his interests in playing in the D-League to get some game experience before returning to the Celtics’ lineup. This will give the team’s leader a chance to get well conditioned as well as play competitively against NBA-caliber players. His return will easily make this a playoff team and I believe they will finish as the No. 3 seed in the East.
Rondo’s return will be an immediate boost to the Celtics, especially on the offensive end. Although not really known for his scoring, he has led the NBA in assists the last two seasons and continues to make everyone around him better. The Celtics are currently last in the NBA in assists, averaging just 18.8 a game and Rondo’s return will certainly boost those numbers dramatically. He has picked up his offense each year and can be relied on as a second or third option.
Expect to see an offensive surge from Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger as they should be able to get plenty of great looks off of Rondo’s dimes. Jordan Crawford has played extremely well while taking over in Rondo’s absence, but he is better off the ball and a great shooter who should benefit from Rondo’s return.
The pieces are there for the Celtics to make a strong push as they are currently sitting in ninth place in the East, but only five games out of the third spot and three games back from the Atlantic Division lead. Injuries have plagued many teams in the East, so having the floor general back will make them a top team in the conference. It will definitely be interesting to see how this young Celtics team fares in the second half of the season, but I believe they will lock up the No. 3 seed and greatly surpass all expectations of this season.