Can it really be that easy?
Danny Ainge sat down with Jackie MacMullan (who's just killing it lately, example A and B) for an ESPN Boston article discussing the surprisingly red hot Celtics. Here's Ainge's explanation for why he thinks the offense has been so good sans Rondo:
"We are different without him. We're running better now because five guys are running. Honestly, I think we rely on Rondo too much. For example, with Rondo out you see Jeff Green grab a rebound and push it up the court himself. If he gets a rebound when Rondo is playing, he just gives it to him. That's not Rondo's fault. It's only because he's a great player and guys see him in that role."
While it's a very simple rational, I think it's 100% accurate. It was at the Sacramento game last week (game two of the streak) that I first noticed the ball was moving up the court much faster without a point guard. Rather than grab the rebound and look for Rondo, the outlet passes were going to the first open man. I...