Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  16 responses

Doc Rivers: Boston Celtics are Rajon Rondo’s Team Now

The Boston Celtics (4-5) are struggling out of the gates so far this season, and according to head coach Doc Rivers, everyone must follow point guard Rajon Rondo’s lead. From the Boston Herald: “Unfailingly upbeat, Rivers reminded anyone who would listen that it’s early and that being 4-5 does not mean the season is lost. It does, however, mean something has to change, a point he willingly conceded. The question is can aging warriors like [Kevin] Garnett and Jermaine O’Neal, who have fewer and fewer arrows in their quivers and many battle scars, change all that much? Certainly it is alarming when someone like Brendan Haywood has 11 boards in 29 minutes and O’Neal has three in 22. Rivers spoke to the problem in a sense when he conceded that the team no longer belongs to the Big Three because, well, they’re not as big as they used to be. At least not at the moment. When asked if he felt Rajon Rondo had shouldered too much of the offensive responsibility against Dallas (8-of-16 from the field, 8-of-12 from the line, game-high 24 points), Rivers shook his head in the negative. ‘I think this is his team right now, until everybody else gets it going,’ Rivers said, words that never would have come out of his mouth a year or two ago when the Big Three really was. ‘We need him to be aggressive. We need him to be a scorer and attack. That’s a change, but that’s what it is right now until everybody else gets it going because they are not.’ He was speaking specifically of Garnett, who suddenly looks aged not old, and Paul Pierce, whose injury problems began before the season did. But Rivers could have added O’Neal as well, and if that remains the case, Danny Ainge’s worst nightmare could unfold in front of him — a replay of the painful demise of the original (and only, really) Big Three of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish.”

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  • Justin G.

    I think that’s been obvious too. Part of why I don’t understand why people are voting for Garnett as an All Star. My LOL moment of the year was Paul Pierce hitting a 3 near the end of the game the other night and doing some sort of tough guy pose/walk to the bench after a timeout was called. Dude, it was your 7th point of the game! hahaha That guy has always been the most overrated player in basketball.

  • lisa

    Well duh! It was his team since ’08. Ofcourse the Big 3 were dynamic but Rondo made it all work. (imo)

  • Fat Lever

    Things could get really ugly in Boston after this year. Ainge better have an ace up his sleeve.

  • Bravo

    Lmao can’t wait till Boston falls off and Toronto takes the divisipn

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZeJDN0Ue00 Max

    What’s up with Toronto fans and their jealousy to Boston?

  • Riggs

    @Justin G.: yeah what a dummy i mean he hit a big shot to tie the game up in the 4th quarter when they were down all game. NOTHING BIG ABOUT THAT AT ALL.

  • shutup

    LOL Only thing Toronto can take is a giant dinosaur doodoo. The big three have looked very slow, hope they get it together before the playoffs; its gonna be very interesting around the trade deadline if they keep playing like this

  • Lew Alcindor

    @Bravo: Toronto can’t even take a win, less a division.

  • vtrobot

    Yeah, Justin G., your bias isn’t showing too much. Paul Pierce has been pretty f*cking solid and rather fairly rated over the years. Yeah, he guaranteed some playoff victories and rode in a (provided) wheelchair when he could have hobbled in the locker room with the help of others. That’s not all he’s done tho. He’s also been one of the better players at his position for more than a decade, a 9-time All-Star, was a champion and Final MVP, and broke numerous records within the most storied franchise in the sport. How should he be rated? Yeah, there might be some tougher years ahead for Boston. So what? We’ll still enjoy watching them. Let’s chill with the silly fan hate and show more respect for the game. Everyone on these boards should be excited about Kobe Bean’s skills and determination that he’s shown this season, even us Kobe/Laker haters. Peace.

  • bull22

    i think people have forgotten that both ray allen and kevin garnett were willing to tank the season during the lockout and probably wanted a year off to rest their bodies and it certainly looks like they did not condition themselves and prepare for this season and are paying the price for it..

  • Heals

    I wanna bust Justin’s chops too, but c’mon C’s fans PDouble is out of shape and looked awful ALL game. I hope that’s the case with G too, but don’t think so anymore. Anyway Doc we hear ya loud and clear, but the recent box scores and game films beat you to the announcement…

  • Heals

    Bull22, yeah that’s it how could we have overlooked those facts. Your headcoach was Bos Asst, Ticket played ball in Chi-town and you wish your squad sign Allen instead of Korver so cut that fake Chi-town Bull(s)shht…

  • Heals

    Oh yeah and all Bulls fans do the exact samething for Scalabrine that C’s started (and did with more passion)…

  • Anonymouse

    The Celtics need to play The Steamer more. He has a lot of potential. He can shoot from mid-range and block shots like crazy. He can get very nasty down low if he is given a chance.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    Someone needs to get Paul Pierce’s big-ass a wheelchair.

  • Justin G.

    PLEASE bust my chops. Before Garnett and Allen got there Pierce was the only player on that team. He’s not a number one option on any other team. @Riggs…yeah he hit an important jumper. Don’t walk to the bench like you’ve been some sort of stud the whole game. Fist pump, shout out, whatever but the way he was walking was freakin’ hilarious. @vtrobot…how am I biased? Towards whom? Saying (imo) that Paul Pierce is overrated isn’t showing bias towards or against anyone.