“Well, I though the ball movement was better in some ways, but I don’t know if it was smarter, necessarily,” said Rivers. “You still want the ball in Rondo’s hands. But I thought it allowed other guys to understand how important that is. And I think they saw that. There’s always a positive in any negative, and you knew something good was going to happen. You knew more bad, not having him. But, overall, you can always get something out of it. When Kevin misses a game, Paul, you have to find something.” –Doc Rivers to ESPN
Rajon Rondo is the indisputable key to the Boston Celtics’ attack, but Doc Rivers was able to draw positives from the Celtics loss.
The Celtics only lost by three to the 8-7 Bucks. That is to say, without Rondo, the Celtics would be just another .500 team (not that they have been anything but this season).
But Jason Terry looked great playing the point. He managed 11 assists with only one turnover and all starters except Brandon Bass scored in double-figures, paced by Paul Pierce’s 19 points. Jeff Green came off the bench and scored 18 points in 22 minutes. KG effectively manned the center spot, though Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders did grab 16 rebounds. KG had only seven boards, but converted 6-of-11 from the floor.
Boston still needs to bring in another big man. With Fab Melo inactive and Darko Milicic gone for the season, they have relied more heavily on Jason Collins (13 minutes), who I’ve made clear several times is absolute garbage.
The Celtics are said to be looking at center Erick Dampier, and while Dampier hasn’t had a good season since his final year in Golden State, his big body presumably could help the Celtics.
Chris Wilcox (2.5 minutes vs. Milwaukee) has been a non-factor.
Jared Sullinger still has a ways to go as an NBA player.
The Celtics can be competitive without signing another center, but the goal has never been to just be competitive. With KG and Paul Pierce reaching the end of their careers, the goal for the C’s remains to grab one more championship at least.