Same: Paul Pierce is the key -- It's Rondo's team now. If Garnett fails, so do the Celtics. Both of those things are true, but Pierce continues to be the cog that makes the Celtics go. He's a professional scorer, at this point second-best in team history. Pierce, not Rondo, played more minutes than any other Celtic last season. He scored 234 more points than Garnett and almost twice as many as Rondo. The Celtics don't go anywhere without a productive Pierce.