Originally written on Celtics Town  |  Last updated 5/10/13
.zyc5{position:absolute;clip:rect(426px,auto,auto,413px);}INSTANT payday loans online Boston's turnaround had little to do with Rondo's absence.Danny Ainge may be giving the players some time away from basketball, but we are calling every player on the roster into our Celtics Town offices for their exit interviews for the rest of this week. Here’s the seventh in the series: Rajon Rondo.Rajon,Obviously, there’s less to say to you than there is to some of your teammates. Your season was cruelly cut short by an ACL injury that will keep you out until training camp begins. The news slowly breaking on Twitter and Doris Burke’s hushed mid-game report on your injury was one of the ultimate sports gut-punch moments that I personally have ever experienced.The strangest thing about your season was the way your absence forced both your fans and your detractors to confront uncomfortable truths about how they view you as a player. First, your fans: There was really no way to deny that the Celtics played better after you went down with your injury. After beating Miami, Boston went 14-6 in their next 20 games and pulled themselves back into the playoff race. The offense appeared to be tangibly improving as players did more than stand around while you dribbled around the perimeter, obviously annoyed that no one was getting open for you. It was a vicious cycle: Boston relied on your ball movement and distribution, but you relied on their cuts and off-ball movement for your strengths to be properly emphasized. And for all of his many strengths, Doc Rivers has never been particularly gifted as an offensive mastermind.But when the Celtics reached the playoffs, Rajon, your absence could not POSSIBLY have been more pronounced. Boston struggled just to get the ball up the floor, and then when they did get the ball up the floor, they found entry passes to be nearly impossible, which severely limited an already-limited offense. Without your penetration, every shot was a jumper, and if the jumpers were off, the game was essentially decided. What’s more: Avery Bradley, stuck in one of the most difficult roles of his young career, found himself completely overwhelmed and out of position. The fact that Boston somehow managed to push the Knicks and make them sweat through six games was less of a testament to their ability as a unit and more of a testament to their dogged, undead determination. They missed you desperately, and ultimately, without your talents and contributions, they fell to a better team.There’s little else to say about your season, so I won’t drag this out; you can go back to playing Connect-4 or whatever it is you do during the offseason. We missed you, and we are all eagerly awaiting your return. Whatever the Celtics look like when you come back, they will benefit considerably from your presence.Follow Tom on Twitter: @Tom_NBA.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Adam Eaton gets 4th of July surprise from brother

Clippers in talks with JaVale McGee, Amar’e Stoudemire

Report: LeBron won't negotiate with Cavs until Thompson is signed

Andrei Kostitsyn interested in return to NHL

Blazers fire assistant who said Aldridge was leaving team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Miguel Cabrera lands on DL for first time in his career

LaMarcus Aldridge chooses to sign with Spurs

WATCH: Serena Williams wags finger at Wimbledon crowd, says, 'Don’t try me'

Report: Rajon Rondo headed to Sacramento Kings

Dez Bryant deal with Cowboys could be announced Monday

Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly sign long-term contracts with Columbus, Buffalo

Kosta Koufos agrees to deal with Kings

Report: Blues in trade talks about Kevin Shattenirk

Report: Gregg Popovich plans to fulfill five-year contract

4-Star LB commits to Kentucky, zings Louisville

Clay Buchholz not worried about trade rumors

All hope isn't completely lost for this year's Milwaukee Brewers

Roy Hibbert likely being traded to Lakers

WATCH: Pablo Sandoval falls over railing during catch

Report: Packers TE charged with firing a gun in Miami

Kawhi, LaMarcus, the mid-range and the Spurs' next epoch

How can Rafael Nadal regain his dominance?

NBA Rumors: Cavs and Spurs vying for David West

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.