With the Celtics point guard sidelined with a sore right wrist, the Celtics won four straight games and edged their record back to .500. They enter Wednesday’s game against the Raptors with a 5-2 mark in Rondo’s absence.
Results aside, it is hard to argue that the Celtics are better off without their All-Star floor general. He is one of the most effective lead guards in the league, and the Celtics have had noticeable difficulties getting into their normal offense with Avery Bradley and E’Twaun Moore at the point. Coach Doc Rivers went so far as to have Paul Pierce direct the offense.
Considering the fact that the Celtics explored the possibility of trading Rondo in the offseason, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge must be intrigued to see how the team operates in Rondo’s absence. The 25-year-old point guard is one of the Celtics’ few tradeable commodities, and packaging him with one of the members of the Big Three might bring back a hefty package in return.
Boston fans love Rondo for his playmaking and his grit, but could the Celtics be better off without him?