“I wouldn’t say that all,” said Courtney Lee, who replaced Rondo in the C’s starting lineup. “Rondo’s an All-Star. Any time you can add an All-Star to your team, your team is going to be better, so we definitely miss Rondo. We don’t look at it as we’re better off without Rondo, I think we came together and we’re playing hard for Rondo.”
“We’re just moving the ball a lot more, getting everybody involved,” said Lee. “Rondo was our primary playmaker, so he would make plays for everybody else and he would rack up assists, but with the personnel everybody else’s game is more moving, catching and attacking — and playing sets — so that’s what we’ve been able to do.”
If you look at the stat box in Peter May’s column, you’ll see a noticeable difference in the production of Jeff Green, Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa. There are way too many variables to connect their surge in play to Rondo’s absence.
I like Lee’s motivation angle. The narrative reminds me of Rambo 2 and the scene where the Asian woman is gunned down. Stallone tied on her necklace and went on a rampage.
The Celtics are on a rampage.