Same: Rondo needs to lead -- Even though Pierce and Garnett are still here, it's important for Rondo to take even more of a leadership role with the Celtics going forward. As the skills of the veterans begin to decline, so will their influence. Where Rondo's emergence will need to happen most is in the fourth quarter. He did that against Miami, including a dominant performance in which he scored 44 points. He can no longer take a back seat in the fourth or defer to others. The Celtics need Rondo to be at his best when it matters.