We'll see, i definitely know that certain players for sure play better without rondo. I mean its clear as day terry does. As a team i think we play better when rondo isn't dominating the ball.
I'm starting to wonder how much of the improved individual play we're seeing from some of the guys is from the logjams in playing time that were relieved from Rondo and Sully's injuries. People don't have to worry about whether they'll play 10 minute or 25 tonight, and their roles are more set. Doc simplifying the offense helped some of the people as well.
Yeah I had a similar thought - if there's one thing injuries do, it's tighten up the rotation in a hurry.
I think the certainty of reliable minutes helps, but I also think player efficiency runs on a curve - most players struggle to be effective with too small or too big a role. We've been asking guys who've spent their careers as #3-7 players to be our 6-11 options. Now almost everyone has moved up to their comfort zone, and we're seeing them respond well.
I don't think Rondo out helps us overall (though it might improve us in some of his weaker areas), but maybe there's something to be said for trying to have a more traditional rotation in the future instead of three stars and 8 guys who want to be the #4.
I don't think that's true. Lee's minutes increased, nothing has improved much for him, nothing has fundamentally changed in his play other than a couple of bad shooting nights.
Barbosa's minutes increased, but he's really about the same he's always was.
Bradley is playing about the same, his efficiency has dropped.
The only real notable change with Rondo off has been with Terry's play lately, and his minutes are not any different than previously.
Pierce is playing better, though I think Rondo is irrelevant to it.
Bass? I don't think it has anything to do with Rondo, or Sully for that matter.
Green? Could go either way, but he had a good January, so don't think Rondo has much to do with it. That said, I'd wager that Green has been getting easier looks in transition than previously.