Re: Part of the Bleacher Report Article(Interesting Read)
posted at 3/15/2013 8:42 PM EDT
In response to jdm894g's comment:
Can They Make a Deep Run Without a True Point Guard?
Rondo's absence may replace a one-man assist hoarder with a stronger style of team basketball, but it also leads to an increase in turnovers. Boston has executed poorly on transition recently, forcing the ball with poor focus and errant passes.
As a team, the Celts posted a 15-13 assist-to-turnover ratio in Charlotte Tuesday night. Two days prior in Oklahoma, they had more turnovers (18) than assists (17). That's never good.
No Celtics fan ever really expected to replace Rondo's league-leading 11.1 assists per game when he went down, never mind his career-best season averages of 13.7 points and 5.6 rebounds. But Boston probably expected a starting guard to average more than Avery Bradley's three assists a game as his replacement.
Paul Pierce has been the biggest contributor to the passing game, creating with the ball off screens and penetration. The captain averages a team-best 5.6 assists since the All-Star break. Fellow veteran Jason Terry has also improved his assist rate, logging almost a full dime more (despite four fewer minutes per game) since the break.
But these players are not point guards, and neither are Bradley and Courtney Lee. Pitiful offensive performances like the game against Charlotte highlight Boston's weaknesses off the dribble, as nobody could create for teammates without Pierce on the floor.
Rondo proved last year that he was one of the top players in the NBA, averaging 17.3 points, 11.9 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game in the playoffs. But his vision and knowledge as floor general will be missed more than his sheer numbers this postseason.
These question marks highlight the many things we still do not know about the 2012-13 Boston Celtics. It's imperative for Doc Rivers to address these points of concern before embarking on a playoff run, or else the Garnett and Pierce era in Boston could once again be bordering on extinction.
I believe that PP,AB,CL,Terry and Jordan/Williams can make up the difference. While we don't have RR's end of game/play talent (except for PP), they can and will be there at the guard /sf position. Add in KG, Wilcox, Bass, Green, and two 4/5, and it looks really good. Keep the faith!