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Is Jason Terry the answer at back-up point guard?
Few NBA players are more durable and more explosive than Rajon Rondo.
Rajon Rondo is off to a great start to the 2012-13 season. He's putting up impressive numbers and he's doing it while playing the role of iron-man on the court.
Rondo is averaging a whopping 38.9 minutes per game. He doesn't look any worse for wear, even though he is playing nearly 39 minutes a night.
It is still very early in the season though.
The question facing Doc Rivers is whether or not playing Rondo for nearly 39 minutes every game will have an impact on Rondo's ability to play at his best when the playoffs come around in late April.
The Celtics got a taste of what life without Rajon Rondo could be like on Thursday night in Brooklyn.
Boston dropped a 102-97 decision to the Nets and were outscored 28-18 in the fourth quarter.
Clearly, the Celtics are a different team without Rajon Rondo and the difference shows up in the loss column.
Obviously the Celtics can't afford to have Rondo at anything less than 100 percent when the playoffs come around.
He's too critical, too good, and too irreplaceable. A Celtics team without Rondo in top form won't be winning an NBA Title.
The problem is that the Celtics don't really have an acceptable backup on their current roster since Keyon Dooling announced his retirement on September 20, 2012.
The Celtics have plenty of guards on the roster, but not point guards.
Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Leandro Barbosa are all more qualified at shooting guard rather than point guard.
That presents the Celtics and head coach Doc Rivers with a major challenge; he's got to find a way to make lemonade out of lemons.
For now the task is made even more difficult because Barbosa was not signed to a contract until October 18, 2012. Barbosa is still adjusting to learning the Celtics' system.
Also adding a degree of difficulty is that the player who will eventually start at shooting guard, Avery Bradley, is still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. Bradley is not expected to return to the court until sometime in December.
In the meantime, Coach Rivers needs to find a way to give Rondo a little more time to rest on a nightly basis.
Jason Terry, who led the Celtics with six assists in Thursday's loss to Brooklyn, seems like the best choice to assume the backup point guard role.
Even if it results in some growing pains on the court, in the long run it would make the Celtics a better team if they can function without Rondo on the floor for more than ten minutes a night.