Proving their potential.
In this morning's Boston Globe Gary Washburn wrote a story about the Celtics playing with an increased level of urgency since Rajon Rondo's injury. He shares some quotes from Doc Rivers, who gives a lot of credit to the return of Avery Bradley dramatically improving the team's defense. But Rivers also seems somewhat confused and pleasantly surprised by his squad's success without Rondo:
“I just think we’re playing better, for whatever reason. You have all those injuries, you usually go the other way. I just think our guys kind of came together and realized we don’t have a margin of error anymore."
The article has some quotes from Paul Pierce as well, who offers a bit of an explanation himself:
“Everybody was hearing the rumblings after the injuries. We were going to fall out the playoff race, this team can’t play with the elite teams in the Eastern Conference. Guys in the locker room are going to hear that and there’s a sense of pr...