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“What you saw in the playoffs is what we’ve known for a little while about Rajon, is Rajon,” Ainge said. “A lot of people will say Rajon’s had success because he’s had three superstars and Hall-of-Famers playing with him, and what we saw in the playoffs is that Rajon’s the best player on the team. Even the game that Paul [Pierce] fouls out, Rajon goes and scores nine straight points and was more aggressive where he probably wouldn’t have been that aggressive had Paul still been on the court.
“That’s going to be sort of the next phase for our team, is when does Rondo take the game over as opposed to waiting for Ray [Allen], Paul and [Kevin Garnett] to take the game over. Rondo’s our best player, and I think everybody knows that and he proved that in the playoffs this year.”
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