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According to Rivers, NBA history is filled with examples of teams that took a community approach to bringing the ball up and setting up an offense. Rivers mentioned the Dennis Johnson/Danny Ainge backcourt, which is the direction the Celtics took following the departure of Tiny Archibald.
The Celtics are left going back to the drawing board after the loss of their starting point guard this past weekend. While many fans jump off the ship and “write the obituary” as Doc Rivers mentioned this weekend, the Celtics are giving all indications that they are planning on keeping this unit together, despite all the odds and making one final push together.
Doc, when asked how he plans on replacing Rondo:
“It’s just basketball. There’s no point guard. It’s basketball by committee,” Rivers said before Celtics practice yesterday. “I had some teams in Orlando (when coaching the Magic) — Darrell Armstrong was my point guard, and he’s a little like JET (Terry). Grant Hill brought it up sometimes. We had the year with Grant Hill, Mike Miller and Darrell Armstrong, and whoever brought it up brought it up.
When we take a step back, this really makes sense for the Celtics go pursue. One of the strong points coming into this season was the Celtics depth at the 1 and 2 guard position. With Lee, Terry, Barbosa, and Bradley all in the mix, the Celtics have a glut of talent that they should be able to make something comparable to what Doc referred to work. While none of the aforementioned players are wizards at the point, they are all serviceable and certainly better ball handlers than Eddie House was when he took over as the teams backup point guard for a length of time a few years ago.
Rivers also hinted at an clear effort being pushed on the fast break now through the pass, comparing the Celtics efforts to that of the DJ/Danny era and their need to beat teams with better passes as opposed to blistering speed due to the lack of speed on those teams. By all indications, it sounds as if the team we are being told about is undergoing a complete reformation. For many, this is the team we all had hoped to see for a while now, one that presses the fast break and utilizes a team game more as opposed to “hero ball”. It doesn’t sound as if the earth shattering trade that everyone has been predicting will happen, maybe the Celtics go out and get another point guard, but by all accounts it seems as if this is going to be the roster we see right up to the end. And as Bob Ryan has so famously stated, since this team is in “year six of a three year plan” don’t you think they’ve earned the right to give it a fighters chance without blowing it up?
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