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The Celtics will miss this guy in the playoffs
The old cliche goes: The playoffs separate the men from the boys. Translation: Great players shine and leave the good players in the dust.
Boy, the Celtics have a lot of good players on their roster right now, huh?
How quick we are to forget Rajon Rondo’s performance in last year’s playoffs. Check out his postseason game log here.
You read that correctly. That is one, two, three, four triple-doubles in 19 games. And, yes, he failed to score in double-digits in only three games and dished out at least six assists every single night.
Rajon Rondo would finish the 2012 playoffs averaging 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 11.9 assists per game. It’s also worth mentioning that, before his season-ending injury in January, he was averaging 13.7 points, 5.6 rebounds (both career highs) and 11.1 assists (0.6 short of his career high).
Some will argue the Celtics have been better without Rondo, and that is actually a fair point. The Celtics have reinvented their style of play, relying more on Garnett and Pierce and sharing the ball more often.
However, the concern is that they have only been better in 20 regular-season games. Come playoff time, they will need a man to step up and lead.
And that was supposed to be Rondo.