I think Rondo's ball dominance hampers many players on this team from getting in to their rhythm from game to game.
Players who were obviously affected:
To a degree:
KG was one of the only consistent players whether Rondo was on or off the court with him. I think Rondo has always trusted KG's game, so he goes to him when KG calls for it. When Pierce is flat or cold, Rondo noticeably avoids him at times.......this was even more apparent with Terry, Lee, Green.
I would also argue that much of Terry/Lee/Green's games comes from transition shooting on fast breaks. Now, this is also a Doc Rivers thing, because I feel like he hates doing the D'Antoni type offense, where you just take the open shots/3's if you get them in transition, before the defense is set. Rondo very much falls in line with Doc for the most part.
However, when he puts Doc out of his ear, he is a very ball-dominant, penetrating, drive and dish type of PG. Shooters like Jason Terry, who basically have to stand in one spot (not his game), once Rondo drives (because of his erratic style of passing, which also makes him an amazing player) just to hope to catch his pass if he kicks it back out. He goes to fast and hard to the hole for guys to be shifting around a whole lot. When Rondo makes his moves, the rest of the offense tends to freeze up, IMO. This is what makes Rondo one of the most talented but also frustrating players to watch.
The Celtics are definitely playing more team ball, and it's working for now. No doubt though, that come playoff time, there will be games where KG/PP are gassed, and we don't exactly have another one player who can put the team on his shoulders. This is where we will miss Rondo.