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Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  18 responses

Doc Rivers Says the Boston Celtics Aren’t Dead With Rajon Rondo Out


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

When news of Rajon Rondo’s season-ending right knee injury was delivered to his stunned teammates, all of the pride and joy that resulted from beating their arch nemeses from Miami in double-overtime on Sunday afternoon was immediately drained out of the Boston Celtics’ locker room.

Fans and media immediately declared the Celtics as dead men walking, and many shouted for them to consider trading away the team’s aging stars and start building for the future.

Not so fast, says head coach Doc Rivers. He’s not convinced just yet that the C’s — as presently constructed — are done. Rivers believes the team has enough pride, resolve and skill to rally around their fallen point guard.

Per WEEI:

“Obviously the Rondo news is pretty tough,” Rivers said. “I knew it before the game; no one else knew it. I just didn’t think it was any time to tell any of our guys that. I told them after the game. Pretty emotional in the locker room.” [...] Regarding the reaction of the players after he informed them of Rondo’s injury, Rivers said, “It was good, and then it went down. … I just walked in and told them. I don’t know what else you can do. Guys were celebrating and then it just …”

The Celtics coach still relayed optimism after the game, despite there be no pure point guard on the current roster whom might step in for Rondo. “Well, you can write the obituary. I’m not,” Rivers said. “You can go ahead. But I’m not. We won tonight, and so the way I look at it is: we’re going to stay in there. In my opinion, we’re going nowhere.”

GM Danny Ainge said that even if the Celtics wanted to blow things up, that’s much easier said than done. They have several hard-to-move pieces, and opponents know that they’re desperate.

The Boston Celtics likely won’t be saved by a blockbuster trade — they will have to dig deep within themselves, with Rajon Rondo looking on from the sidelines.

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  • King David

    Pierce n KG will step it up 4 one last hoorah!!!!!!!

  • i_ball

    The Pistons and Sixer should feel they have a better chance of making the playoffs so they should step up too.

    Anyway the 8th seed will lose in the first round.

  • Hursty

    This is the classic first stage of the Kubler-Ross model.

    1 – Denial, “we’ll be fine, we can overcome this. Keep the faith”

    2 – Anger, “this is BS, this is so unfair!”

    3- Bargaining, “maybe we can work out a trade, move Lee/Terry/Barbossa for a cheap PG” “I’ll do anything to change this”

    4 – Depression, “we are so fuxked, this sucks so bad”

    5 – Acceptance, “oh well, always next year” “We can’t do anything about it, maybe it will help us in the long-term development of our other players”

    ….

    All of this is fine, except for number 5 – the Celtics are going to be even older. Paul Pierce will be 36. KG will be 37. There may not “be” a next year.

  • spit hot fiyah

    they r not dead, but they will need to get a pg, they don’t have one on the roster now.

  • Max

    There never even was a this year.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what’a great comment.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they are dead. any signs of life, makes them a zombie, still dead tho.

  • The Philosopher

    The trio of guards that they have, (Terry, Barbosa, Avery Bradley) they can secure a Playoff berth.
    Doc is brilliant in the face of adversity.
    Terry can keep the defense honest with his shooting. And he can run an offense. He has done that. Open things up on the inside for Kevin Garnett.
    Bradley can protect the perimeter nearly by his lonesome.
    Pierce is Pierce. Maybe he’ll wake up now.
    Jeff Green is the X – factor. He’s looking like he’s finding his game, a little.
    It’ll be fine.

  • Caboose

    Terry can handle himself at the 1, he has before.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that was 10 years ago tho

  • Caboose

    Eh, things don’t change much in that time, right?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol

  • Caboose

    I mean, just ask Lake. Kobe was the best player on the Lakers 10 years ago, and is still. PROOF! You just made yourself look stupid, nbk.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha.
    .
    .
    the comment quality of my replies is GOAT material btw.

  • Caboose

    No kidding.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Stranger things have happened in the bay area back in 07, or in Philly last year I believe I wouldn’t count on anything just yet.

  • LakeShow

    You shouldn’t talk about people behind their posts!

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    It’s for the last 9 years anyway. Don’t misrepresent what I think.

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    i wouldn’t count out any team with KG and PP. Just that minus Rondo is weakening its roster for sure. Not dead but not champ material, which was C’s goal this year

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