Positives to Rajon Rondo’s Suspension for Celtics?

Rajon Rondo has been suspended two games by the NBA for his altercation with Kris Humphries against Brooklyn on Wednesday night. It can be argued that Rondo’s suspension was too severe, or maybe not enough, but either way the Celtics will be without their All-Star point guard.

This means Rondo will miss Friday night’s game against the Portland Trailblazers and Saturday’s game with the Milwaukee Bucks. Losing their offensive catalyst will be a detriment in the short term, but could this prove beneficial for the long haul?

Boston’s offense heavily relies on Rondo operating at a high level and distributing to the rest of his teammates. At times this reliance becomes a hindrance, with opponents keying on Rondo and forcing others to create for themselves. This has been a problem for some players.

Paul Pierce remains a good isolation player, while Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa can go off the dribble, but after those three; no one else has shown the consistency to score without Rondo’s assistance.

Losing Rondo will force certain players to step up. Most notably is Jeff Green. He’s a microcosm for the Celtics’ season to this point, inconsistent. The potential is there for Green, evident by his 17-point outburst against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Green’s problem since college has been his level of aggression. Being forced to score in Rondo’s absence could be the on-switch to Green’s season.

There is also the possibility that this will bring the Celtics closer together as a unit. Chemistry has been a problem on both ends of the floor. One of the strengths to Boston’s playoff run last year was their ability to play for one another. A situation with their backs against the wall can bring this team together like last year.

Rondo’s willingness to protect his teammate may be the moment defining his emergence as a leader. Some look at the point guard’s outburst as immature or selfish, but it may also be the display of a captain’s birth.

With so many fresh faces on the roster, those newcomers can’t help but notice the Celtic way of operating. Just as Rondo had Garnett’s back, this will force others to stand up for their teammates in similar situations.

It will now be up to Rondo, when he returns, and the rest of the Celtics to fulfill the message sent by the shove to Humprhies; they cannot afford to be pushed around anymore.

Could the Celtics lose their next two games without Rondo, dropping them to below .500 and sending panic waves throughout the fan base?

Possibly.

Come playoff time, could this moment be looked back on as turning the Celtics from fringe contender to legitimate championship threat?

Yes.

Topics: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Jeff Green, Kevin Garnett, Kris Humphries, Rajon Rondo

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  • mightaswellshootme

    It was a game for Darko to manhandle Humphries. Too bad he’s gone.

    • Andrew

      I remember in the off-season Darko said he would do anything asked of him, even kill someone on the court. His words could have been put to the test.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.woyke Jonathan Woyke

    i like the leadership spin on the article, mainly because most reviews on the situations ive read were that he has failed to show he is ready to lead. yea the outburst was unneccessary and i think noone knows that better than Rondo. His assist streak being snapped right before surpassing John Stockton stings like hell even though he wont admit it. anyway the next few games i think will show where the Celts are at and how far away they really are from where they want to be. and agree with the below, somone they could afford to lose would have been nice, they need jermaine oneal for this stuff lol

    • Andrew

      I can see the leadership argument going both ways. I sure don’t know what goes on in Rondo’s mind, but I don’t think it can be dismissed that maybe this is his form of leadership. All will be decided in due time and maybe it will be proven that it’s still the same old immature Rondo. And I definitely agree I don’t think it should be the 6’1″ point guard playing this enforcer role.

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