New England Sports React

Despite Rondo’s Return, C’s Struggles Continue

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Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger have been bright spots in an otherwise dull season for the Boston Celtics.

With the return of Rajon Rondo a couple of weeks ago, many people in the ‘tank the season’ circle thought this could have been the worst case scenario. They didn’t necessarily fear that Rondo would lead this team to an NBA title this season, but rather that he would be the difference maker in making this team competitive in an extremely weak Eastern Conference. (At the time of this writing, the 8th-seeded Charlotte Bobcats sat at 22-28. This places them five games ahead of the Celtics, who currently reside in 11th place.) Many believe Rondo could will this team to a 7th or 8th seed in the playoffs and fail to get in the lottery of what figures to be a draft filled with high-end talent.

Of course, early on, Rondo’s return has not produced the results people expected, with the C’s wining only two of their last seven games to drop their record to 17-33. With less than half the season remaining, one wonders whether they will continue to have Rondo’s minutes limited as he continues his return from ACL surgery.

While the team as a whole continues to struggle putting together wins, Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger have been performing especially well all season. While Sullinger is showing the type of player he was in college a couple years back, it is nice to see Green continue to form into the player that he was in Oklahoma City. With those two emerging this year along with the other younger players, it seems they may just be one player/year away from getting back into competition with the cream of the crop in the East. The tough times may in fact be over sooner than us Celtics fans thought.

-John Calabro

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