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How Will the Loss of Rondo Affect the Celtics
Posted By Michael Cole On Jan 29 2013 @ 1:17 pm In Boston,Boston Celtics | No Comments
Rajon Rondo, the “go-to-guy” for the Celtics, their starting all star point guard, and now their injured superstar who is out for the season.
It’s a very hard situation for the Celtics, especially seeing their struggles in recent game; coming off of a six game losing streak.
Rondo was their unquestioned best player, averaging over 35 minutes on the floor each game while being the Celtics number 1 facilitators.
The loss of Rondo sparks one question, will Avery Bradley be ready to take the torch and lead this team to the playoffs.
First of all we need to realize that Bradley has never seen a lot of time at the point guard position. Even throughout his high school and college careers, he was a 2 guard. And playing with Rondo for the past 3 years does not help his resume as a point guard.
Although he hasn’t seen much time at the point, he has shown his capacity to score. He may not have the highest scoring average, but last season he showed that he can drop 20 to 25 points at any time during the season if given the right opportunity.
This could be big for the Celtics, who have been relying on their defensive game for years, and are currently one of the lowest scoring teams in the NBA.
The other way for Celtics fans to look at the glass half full is to see that Avery Bradley has a veteran point guard in Jason Terry behind him.
Terry may be getting older, but he does have a lot of experience and won’t demand that Bradley plays more than 32 minutes in a game.
Now for the depressing part…
However hard you want to look at the possibilities for Avery Bradley to shine, he is still no Rajon Rondo.
Bradley is a scorer and it is in his nature to go out and try to score 15,20,30 points in a game. He is not a facilitator, someone who will run an aging team rather than trying to get his own buckets.
The bulk of the Celtics success was due to Rondo knowing how to run the team, and knowing how to really get his fellow aging teammates the ball and put them in positions to score, and the reality is that Avery Bradley does not do that.
Bradley is a one-dimensional player, who looks to score first and pass second. He does not bring the defensive, the rebounding, or the astounding court vision that Rondo nightly brought to the table.
We saw in last year’s finals just how important Rondo is to the team. Let’s hope for the sake of Celtic fans that Bradley can bring a fraction of that.
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