Well, folks, here we have it: a test of our collective Auerbachian temperament.
Obviously, the injury changes everything. No Rondo this season, even for the most optimistic, couldn't get us more than a 2nd round out. And he might be affected next year as well.
Some say screw it, trade and tank. I say we raise one more banner this June.
Pierce and KG won't go down without a fight (nor will JET).
Our guard rotation, even without Rondo, is incredibly talented. Each player is playoff-caliber rotation. I think we're okay there, but will need to balance the loss of Rondo's talent on the floor.
We have some great young pieces, but need a go-to scorer that can play two-ways. And we could take him at almost any position, and the other guys can probably fit around just fine.
If Rondo can draw a solid scoring threat, you know, from some other non-Auerbachian team that wants to tank for picks and cap space to rebuild rather than win now and always, then I think we can not only win this year, but be a better team by moving the ball through everyone's hands better.
Chins up, guys.