This we will be better stuff is mind boggling. The Clippers were able to keep winning without Chris Paul. Does that mean they are better without him? The Bulls. No Rose. Still a solid, ball club. Does that mean they're better without him? No.
When a big part of your team goes out the rest of the team steps up and plays harder to make up for it. I think we'll be okay and I do not think the season's over but better? IMO, no. Different? Yes.
We are 2-0 against two top teams without Rondo for a reason. Don't let Rondo's triple doubles fool you. His defense especially is really hard to watch. He has the speed to be as good as Bradley, but no discipline to focus on them from the beginning to the end of a possession. It has seriously hurt us enough times, especially late in the games.
Also on the offensive end, its not so much his lack of consistent shooting, but also endless dribbling in one spot, walking the ball up lazily to the offensive end, and only passing it to kg/pp when the game is on the line. Its not even good passes, just silly telegraphed lobs.
Rondo is a good pg, no doubt. But not for our team. Not anymore. He might fit better for a team like Denver or Knicks , who love to play high octane offense. Would be perfect for the fakers.
Without rondo, you get a suffocating defensive tandem in Lee and Bradley. Watch what happened to wade tonight. Defense is almost as good as scoring. And the ball was passed around more , giving better opportunity for everyone on the court to score or contribute somehow.
Unfortunately I'm not willing to go back and forth with you on this. We'll have to agree to disagree.
I'll only add this then I'm done too: Paul Pierce found about Rondo post game on live TV. In that moment, the look on his face spoke volumes - our season is done.
People will look at the game against the Knicks as some sort of indictment, but anytime the opposition's best player has a complete meltdown, you'll be in the game. Lets not forget that in Friday's rematch, it was Rondo who took over in the 4th quarter to get us within striking distance. As far as today's game, it took double overtime and a Paul Pierce triple double to barely get the win.
What did Pierce's face say? All I READ INTO it was that he empathized and thought how horrible it is for Rondo. You too are just reading into his facial expression.
And, really, using something so completely ambiguous as as evidence for your point in a disagreement? Are our standards really that low?
Anyone can conveniently pick their data points to try to support their opinion. Only time will tell regarding our team without Rondo. Terry should benefit a lot offensively from Rondo's absence, as will Barbosa. It is not clear to me who else would benefit.
Defense is a different story. We really need to see what will happen. Lee & Bradley will probably be a more disciplined backcourt defensively than Rondo & Bradley.
Playing without Rondo might also lead to a more tired Pierce, since he might end up with the ball a lot more as a playmaker. Green didn't seem to miss Rondo today. As great as Rondo is, it does not mean that there aren't players who aren't hurt by his particular style of play.