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The Boston Celtics pushed the New York Knicks to six games with Avery Bradley as a starting point guard. Remember, this is the guy who, as one commenter on a recent article put it, dribbles about as well as an elephant walks a tightrope.
Rajon Rondo could have made a big difference in this series if he'd been in possession of two healthy ACLs. The dynamic floor general, after all, is the best player on the team.
Even though Rondo isn't much of a scoring threat, he makes the offense go. And the C's offense struggled, to put it nicely. His passing certainly would have made the scoreboard operators work a little bit harder.
Having Jared Sullinger would have been nice as well. Boston didn't have much frontcourt depth, and Kevin Garnett tired at the end of games. He's enough of a warrior that he effectively fought through the fatigue, but a few more minutes of rest would have done wonders.
Sully and Rondo wouldn't have been enough to make the Celtics true contenders, but they would have navigated their way through the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.