The NBA isn’t an effort league. It’s a talent league. Without Rajon Rondo, the Celtics have a dearth of difference-makers and playmakers.
To show you how different the Celtics are without Rondo, only once this year has a Celtic recorded double figures in assists. Crawford had 10 in a 120-105 victory over the Orlando Magic on Nov. 11.
The Celtics came into Friday night ranked 29th in the NBA in assists per game at 17.7.
A team that needs easy buckets isn’t creating them. They had 11 assists against the Pacers.
Nothing is going to be easy for the Celtics this season.
There will be glimpses and glimmers of great basketball, such as Friday night’s first half. But they’re fool’s gold.
The Celtics’ pot of gold lies in the 2014 NBA draft.