NEW YORK -- Rajon Rondo makes a major impact for the Celtics with dribble penetration and dishing off to open teammates streaking to the basket or at the 3-point line. And there has been a level of concern that Rondo won't have as much space to manuver with mammoth center Shaquille O'Neal cemented in the paint during offensive possessions.
Rondo said he will have no problems getting into the paint or making passes with the presence of O'Neal.
"Shaq's not a perimeter shooter and neither is (Kendrick Perkins)," he said Saturday from Madison Square Garden. "They're both great finishers around the rim, very efficient, shoot a high field-goal percentage. A lot of people are saying Shaq is going to clog up the paint but Perk didn't clog up the paint. They are two different players but at the end of the day we've got Paul (Pierce), Ray (Allen) and Kevin (Garnett) on the perimeter to spread the defense. There's only so much you can do as far as clogging up the paint."