“There have been teams that have won with balance though. Detroit in 2004 was one. We were one when we won. Paul was amazing in Game 7 against Cleveland. But we had pretty balanced scoring. That’s why we miss Rondo. He has the ability to take his game to a whole other level, a lot of players don’t have that. Rondo has been the MVP of a few playoff series, a few seven-game series he has been MVP.”
Ainge said he “expects big things” from guard Jason Terry, who was signed to bring the kind of clutch postseason shotmaking that Ray Allen used to provide.
Along with declaring he has “all the faith and confidence in the world” in Pierce, KG, and Rivers, it was one of his few predictions Ainge was willing to make.
When not even the man who constructed the Celtics knows fully what to expect from the team, then you know the Celtics’ playoff fate is like their season — unpredictable.