The team’s chemistry issues affected the way they played when the game was on the line. Instead of putting the ball in Rondo's hands, Pierce would call his own sets or go for the home-run with a Ray Allen three.
This would have been okay if the Celtics had not been more successful with Rondo’s deciding who gets the ball.
There is also the issue of Doc Rivers wanting to spend more time with his children. I for one think he should do just that. It is time for the team to hear a different voice.
Doc believed in his veteran players and he was right in doing so. He took them to the brink of one of the greatest turnarounds in NBA playoff history and we all appreciated his efforts.
However, it is time to change the culture that was responsible for the Celtics return to relevance.
The players know that Rivers has the ear of all the veterans and they want to keep it that way. I for one contend that those voices have been maxed out and it is time to make way for a different direction.
Danny Ainge has a decision to make and he cannot let sentiment get in the way. He needs to come to terms with the fact that Pierce cannot be the focal point of the offense anymore He must find players with the athleticism, speed, and willingness to run with Rondo.
In fact, Danny should encourage Paul to opt out and explore free agency. This will give them a better chance of going after a Joe Johnson or a Rudy Gay.
Allen may have priced his way out of Boston with his playoff performance, but he does come with the label of "buyers beware." Allen keeps himself in very good shape; he has always been the healthier of the bunch and totaled the most minutes. His shooting touch left him at the most inopportune times, and he seemed to forget about his driving game when it did.
All these things are a signal that he should not be a full time starter. The Celtics should not offer more than a two-year contract with a player option.
The lone survivor of this reorganization is Kevin Garnett simply because of his hefty contract and because he showed that he can still produce at a high level. KG will be one year removed from his surgery and will be a more consistent player. He will always strive to be a team player, something Pierce and Allen were loathe to do at times.
Boston's core would then consist of Rondo, KG, and a free agent to be named later, along with the 19th pick in this year’s draft.
The Celtics have options only if Pierce and Ray do the right thing and see who else will show them the money.