In a recent Grantland article, NBA writer Zach Lowe lays out Rajon Rondo’s impact on the Celtics and what their recent success says, if anything.
Boston projects as the same team without Rondo that it was with him — a defensive juggernaut that will win games when its offense does just enough to allow its defense to carry the Celtics across the line. How often they can find the right balance remains to be seen, but Rondo’s absence certainly lowers their game-to-game ceiling on offense, especially against top defenses that will scout Boston’s new offense and have the skills and smarts to bottle up this motion-style stuff.”
Lowe talks about the team’s recent four-game winning streak and how fans shouldn’t get too excited about it. The idea of taking anything away from four regular season games is “stupid” to Lowe and any conversation of the streak should include who they beat.
This is especially true in Boston’s case. Its four wins have all come at home. The first came against a very...