Originally written on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 4/26/13
The run the Celtics went on following Rajon Rondo's season ending knee injury was phenomenal. Without Rondo there to handle 90% of the ball handling duties, the C's began turning the ball up court instantly following misses, instead of simply finding their safety valve and getting the ball into his hands no matter what. For a while it seemed as though the shackles were off of some of the Celtics role players as guys like Courtney Lee, Avery Bradley and Jason Terry all saw short term boosts to their productivity. Fans and media who never bought into Rondo's game, or simply found him unlikeable, pointed out the change in style and increased effort level of the new look Celtics. And in the short term..they were right. After a 20-23 start to the season (18-20 in games Rondo played) the Celtics took off immediately following Rondo's injury, winning 16 of their next 22 games. During this stretch Boston was fueled by ridiculous play from Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Without Rondo, Pi...
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