Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 10:55 am  |  15 responses

Doc Rivers Thinks the Celtics Can Survive Without a Point Guard

The Boston Celtics find themselves in a very tough spot without Rajon Rondo. There’s a chance that some minor help could be on its way, but the proud veteran players are steeling themselves to go into battle without their floor general, and head coach Doc Rivers suggests they can even succeed without a true point guard. Per the Boston Herald: “It’s just basketball. There’s no point guard. It’s basketball by committee,’ Rivers said before Celtics practice yesterday. ‘I had some teams in Orlando (when coaching the Magic) — Darrell Armstrong was my point guard, and he’s a little like JET (Terry). Grant Hill brought it up sometimes. We had the year with Grant Hill, Mike Miller and Darrell Armstrong, and whoever brought it up brought it up. It didn’t hurt us at all, we scored a ton of points. We just didn’t have a lot more talent after that.’ The C’s presumably do have more talent, their record notwithstanding. According to Rivers, NBA history is filled with examples of teams that took a community approach to bringing the ball up and setting up an offense. Rivers mentioned the Dennis Johnson/Danny Ainge backcourt, which is the direction the Celtics took following the departure of Tiny Archibald. And then there were Michael Jordan’s Bulls. ‘Before it didn’t matter — Rondo is bringing the ball up,’ Rivers said. ‘Now you have to really be focused on where their pressure is coming from. Think back to the Bulls with Michael. They had three guys. If we pressured B.J. Armstrong, Michael brought it up. If we pressured Michael, then Scottie (Pippen) brought it up. It’s not that hard to do. There really are no different roles. I don’t want a guy to now think he’s Rondo. The only thing that may be different is someone else brings the ball up. That’s it.’ In a pinch, Rivers has also run his offense through Paul Pierce. That may not be as advisable now, with the Celtics captain often struggling to set up his own shot, let alone that of others. The exception was his triple-double in Sunday’s double-overtime win against the Miami Heat, his first since December 2010. But dipping into some of Pierce’s old point forward role may be inevitable.”

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  • Caboose

    Doc would think the Celtics could still win the championship if their starting lineup was Larry Hughes, Luke Walton, himself, a random fan selected from the stands, and nbk.

  • JoshSessa31

    Doc Rivers is being optimistic in the situation where he knows they are 3rd in there division and they just lost there best player.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    He needs to be, after situations like this, you need your coach to step up and be confident. You can’t expect Rivers to be like, we lost Rondo we’re screwed.

  • Anthony Dixon

    nah they should call up Allen Iverson

  • spit hot fiyah

    survive? yes contend? no

  • patrick

    why don’t the Celtics gets Gilbert Arenas, Tmac, Flip Williams, etc? I think at least Arenas..that guy mite still have some beast potential in him..i bet all these of those guys are better players than the slow Chris Duhon on the lakers

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    me 2 tho

  • Caboose

    Never one lacking in self confidence.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, we would have Larry Hughes. Confidence isn’t even necessary. That squads a juggernaut.

  • robb

    Survive yes. Compete no.

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  • Seth

    They might be able to get into the playoffs. I just hope they don’t blow up the team as a knee-jerk reaction to losing Rondo.

  • LakeShow

    Pierce will be the new PG.

  • http://www.facebook.com/llock3hart Larry Lockhart Jr.

    Paul Pierce NBA Finals MVP (2008), Kevin Garnett NBA MVP (2004) and Allen Iverson NBA MVP (2001)…The Truth, Big Ticket and The Answer.

  • LeroyShonuff

    I think Doc forgets it’s 2013 and not 2008. They need Rondo to get them easy shots and put pressure on the D. Only if they didn’t sign Green to that horrible contract and get a good backup pg this past offseason (C.J Watson or D.J Augustin)