Originally written February 07, 2013 on Celtics Life:
Keeping the Celtics as a contending team is a daunting prospect with all their injury concerns and the continual conversation of are they better without Rondo.  Last night's game provided the proof that this team is mediocre at best. The Toronto Raptors led by new leader, Rudy Gay gave a spirited effort and Boston played down to their expectations. It was very hard to tell which was the veteran-laden team as Toronto took a 10 point lead  into the fourth quarter. Thank goodness, Kevin Garnett and the Brazilian Blur, Leandro Barbosa led the charge in the fourth and they were able to extend their winning streak to five.  Still, it is clear that the Celtics are in a tenuous position without Rondo. He is a polarizing figure, whose talent is often obscured by his eccentricities. Kobe Bryant said it best when describing Rondo in his interview with Jackie MacMullan of ESPN: "You don't want Rondo? Send him my way," Kobe declared. "I love everything about him. Everyt...
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