Found February 11, 2013 on
Paul Pierce and the Celtics have had a chance to show their toughness with Rondo out
The Boston Celtics won their seventh straight game Sunday, this one a triple overtime epic against the Denver Nuggets. It was another bar fight for a Celtics team that has become accustomed to them over the past two seasons. Even in the wake of that game, the major national story remains the same as it ever was. It is the story of Boston Celtics star point-guard Rajon Rondo who tore his ACL two weeks ago and missed the national television bout against the Miami Heat. Since that win, the Boston Celtics have won seven in a row with the key being without Rondo, their supposed “best player”. Suddenly, all of the trade rumors over the years involving Rondo seem to make sense. These Celtics are better without Rondo and the sooner they trade him, the better. This is the thought.
I don’t believe this. I refuse to believe this. There are other reasons for the success of the Celtics besides the wicked witch of Kentucky is dead and gone. I can’t be told that without Rondo the Celtics win the Eastern Conference a season ago if the Celtics are really so much better without Rondo. My own eyes told me he was the very reason that they were a game away from reaching the Finals. Without his performances, the Boston Celtics sputter out against the Hawks or the 76ers. Rajon Rondo carried them, playing nearly every minute and willing the team game after game.
Compare last years team with the Celtics as currently constructed. Last years team succeeded because they learned quickly who they were and how they played basketball. When injuries ravaged the team, they developed a rigid nine man rotation based on defensive pressure and Rondo’s ability to create easy shots for a mostly jump-shooting team. Until Rondo’s injury, the extended bench of the Celtics actually make it more difficult to establish a rotation, chemistry, even an identity. The injury jump-started that process this year. With more personal on the roster that can create shots with the ball, not necessarily without it in a point-guard dominated offense. The offense no longer has a point-guard; no one person dominates the ball. It moves around and allows more creation by individuals. Some like Jason Terry have even thrived in it and enjoying the unpredictably of multiple ball handlers. If anyone is a “point-guard” it’s Paul Pierce who has revived his early career role of “primary” ball-handler, with primary being a nice way of putting it.
The Celtics also do their best with their backs against the wall and in the “nobody believes in us role”. Last year with everyone calling them old and shallow, the Boston Celtics fought back to win the Atlantic Division and make the Eastern Conference Finals. This after being written off numerous times over the season. This year, same thing. They were being written off after every losing streak this season and more so after Rondo went down. The Celtics are at their best in these situations, reaching deep inside for that fire that gets them going, the grit and balls that gave them their swagger a year ago.
Don’t say they are better without Rondo. Without Rondo everything gets a little bit tougher for the Boston Celtics and it also means they lose National Television Rondo. NTVR shows up every day in the playoffs and is a top-five player in the entire league. That is an almost indisputable fact. They aren’t a better team, just a more energized team. They continue to try to prove people wrong and this has just been another bump in the road. Its simply a benefit of of being one of the toughest teams in the league.
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Our Boston Celtics have not lost a game since the double OT loss in Atlanta on January 25th. It was the last game Rajon Rondo has played this season, and likely the last NBA game he will play until some point in the 2013-2014 NBA season. Seven straight wins. No Rajon Rondo (or Jared Sullinger). How has this been possible without our best player, and one of the best and most unique...
Paul Pierce wasn't picked as a reserve for the 2013 All-Star game, nor was he picked as a replacement to fill Rajon Rondo's vacant spot. This despite the fact that Pierce's numbers are remarkably similar to his his stats in previous All-Star seasons. Pierce has been on fire lately (A couple huge triple doubles included) and it appears there might be an All-Star roster...
Things appeared pretty grim for the Boston Celtics just a few weeks ago.
Rajon Rondo went down with a torn knee ligament, and the team's playoff hopes took a major hit.
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Paul Pierce had 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists and the Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 118-114 triple overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
Boston's win also ended Denver's winning streak at nine games.
Pierce made a tying 3-pointer in the second overtime to make it 107-107 and extend the game.
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Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger, and now Leandro Barbosa will miss the rest of the 2012-13 season after losing his footing on a stopping motion towards the basket during Monday’s loss 94-91.
Kevin Garnett reported to CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely that they received news that Barbosa will not play again in this season.
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BOSTON — Andre Miller, a veteran of 14 seasons and more than a thousand games in the NBA, summed it up best.
“I think everybody played like they wanted to go home,” he said.
Miller and the Nuggets came out on the losing end of a triple-overtime battle on Sunday in the battle of the two hottest teams in the NBA. The Celtics’ survived, extending their win streak to seven games...
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The Celtics needed three overtimes, but managed to get their seventh win in a row, with a 118-114 victory over the Denver Nuggets at the TD Garden. Denver had come into the game having won nine in a row themselves.
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