Go for it
Kevin Garnett played inspired basketball during last year’s playoffs, and Paul Pierce has routinely filled a void with dominant performances at other times when Rondo has been out, including his four suspensions over the last year.
If Pierce and Garnett are not dealt away in a “blow it up” scenario, then why not go for it without Rondo? Other pieces (Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee, or Leandro Barbosa, etc.) can be shipped out for short-term rentals, and if coach Doc Rivers manages minutes right, he’ll be able to maximize what he gets from the remaining Big Two while not buring them out.
Rivers, for one, seems like he wants to make a run.
“You can write the obituary. I’m not,” Rivers said after the Celtics beat the Heat on Sunday. “The way I look at it is, we’re going to stay in there.”