"Doc’s system, man, Doc’s system is predicated towards hard work and playing hard," said Garnett. "You want certain personnel in certain positions, but this team is built to where you move pieces and you put pieces into the structure to where it runs continually like a wheel. Rondo, obviously, he’s the head that forms Voltron; He’s the black lion. Obviously, you have other pieces you can put in there, manipulate and keep things going, so we’re going to continue to be who we are and right now that's just being better for Game 2."
We're still waiting for word on whether Rondo will be suspended for Game 1. A quick word on Rondo (because there will be more words later in the day for sure):
This is a disappointing situation because it shows, at worst, selfish behavior in that he doesn't care about the consequences of his actions or, at best, an unchecked "competitiveness" that is incapable of recognizing the consequences of his actions in the heat of the moment. Neither of those is very good.
I choose to believe more of the latter. I don't think it's that Rondo doesn't care. It's that Rondo gets lost in moments. I don't see him as overly selfish. I don't think his teammates would have the regard for him that they do if he was selfish in that way. You guys can say what you will (and you will, in the comments, I know) but these guys love Rondo. And they see him a lot more than we all do.
He is horribly stubborn, which manifests itself in the wrong way at the wrong times. His frustration with Marc Davis had been growing all night long and it boiled over at a time where it should have been set aside. The type of official Davis is will be discussed later today, but even if he's the worst official we've ever seen, Rondo should know better.
The worst part of all this is that Rondo was the only reason the Celtics even had a chance last night. Now this inexcusable act will overshadow it all.
If Rondo is the head of Voltron, like KG said, then Rondo has to keep his own head in check. It's the last thing that's keeping him from being a truly great player.