Lots of players seem to have found their place once Rondo is out of the lineup...
On another positive note, Jeff Green has averaged over 14 pts, 3 boards, 1 steal and 1 block in the past 5 games to go with strong defense. Oh, and fg% well over 50.
I see his workload increasing going forward. He doesn't look like the outsider waiting for his chance anymore.
agree, Green seems to have found his place and feels and looks like a part of the team. Green has been a very important piece for the Celtics last victories
I'll be interested to see if Green can put a lid on Gay's offense when we play the Raptors. If he does we win up in Toronto
It all really boils down to the fact that the big 3 centric offense that worked so well from 08-10 had lost its effectiveness due to the advanced age of KG and Pierce. The new guards that were brought in this year couldn't play like that - in order to succeed they needed more touches and more playing time - which in turn, made them more comfortable. Rondo isn't the closer, he is the facilitator. Fortunately, that role can be handled collectively by our capable starters and backup guards. Losing Rondo never spelt the end, as losing KG (or even Pierce) would
EDIT: Jeff Green also seemed to need more playing time and more touches as he is playing MUCH better as well.
Also, I bet that these issues were brought up before Rondo/doc (aka deaf ears). Maybe this is why some guys were beginning to get frustrated, as the system wasn't changing and likewise wasn't working. However, Doc and Rondo are not oblivious - with them seeing this newfound progress, the dynamic of this team will change greatly when Rondo returns. Especially if Pierce and KG hang it up after this season. And we will likely need to get rid of one of our guards in the off-season in order to remove the congestion and keep things rolling smoothly. We need a big..