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    No Rondo, no problem
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - For 45 seconds, everything was perfect.

    The injuries, the trade rumors, none of it mattered.

    In that moment, the Boston Celtics were completely unstoppable.

    The sequence began with a Jason Terry jumper from the left side.

    Swish. Three points.

    On the next possession, Los Angeles forward Antawn Jamison misfired from about eight feet out. Paul Pierce corralled the rebound.

    Next, Pierce did his best Joe Flacco impression, winding up and sending the ball ahead to Jeff Green for an easy dunk. The TD Garden looked like it might explode.

    A few moments later, it nearly did. Green, still feeling the adrenaline from his epic throw-down on the other end, leaped from behind to swat away Jamison's layup attempt. The ball slammed against the backboard before finding its way into the hands of Avery Bradley.

    Bradley dished it off to Terry but instead of shooting it, Terry whipped it across the floor to Pierce. Never missing the opportunity to be a hero, the captain launched a deep three with Jamison's hand in his face.

    There was no need to even look up. Everyone in the arena knew it was going in.

    The Garden erupted as a speechless Mike D'Antoni motioned for a timeout. The scoreboard read Celtics 95, Lakers 69 with 40.6 seconds to go in the third quarter.

    The final quarter was just a formality. The game was over as soon as Pierce's three hit the bottom of the net.

    Winter storm Nemo is set to hit Boston later this evening but for the Celtics, the storm already hit. Two weeks ago, Rajon Rondo's "hamstring" injury turned out to be a torn ACL, leaving the C's without their franchise point guard for the rest of the season.

    Suddenly a dark cloud fell over the Celtics' dynasty. Danny Ainge, always a risk taker, was now left with a decision to make. Should he dismantle the team's veteran core and build for the future or ride it out with the current roster and hope for the best?

    Ainge hasn't pressed the self-destruct button yet and at this point, it doesn't look like he'll need to. Thursday's 116-95 win over the Lakers, the Celtics' largest margin of victory this season, was Boston's sixth triumph in a row without Rondo.

    During the streak, the C's have averaged 102.8 ppg on 49.1 percent shooting while limiting their opponents to just 92.8 ppg with a 41.7 percent success rate from the field. Before Rondo's injury, Boston's offense was producing only 95.0 ppg with opponents scoring at a rate of 96.4 ppg. The Celtics were shooting 45.5 percent before Rondo went down with the opposition hitting on 44.6 percent of its attempts.

    When Ray Allen broke up the Big Three by leaving to go to Miami last summer, the Celtics became Rondo's team. Yet somehow, the Celtics look like a more complete team now than they ever did with Rondo.

    For years, detractors have criticized the Celtics for their lack of depth. Rondo, Garnett, Pierce and Allen may have been enough to win the inferior Eastern Conference but you need more than that if you want to go all the way.

    With Rondo out, the Celtics have gone to a point guard by committee approach. Instead of standing around and waiting for Rondo to distribute the basketball, the Celtics have come to rely on heavy ball movement and elaborate screens in order to get off shots. As a result, role players with minimal fantasy values have become much more involved in the Boston offense. Look at how the Celtics' top six scorers have fared during the streak:

    Kevin Garnett: 17.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 66.2 FG%

    Paul Pierce: 17.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 6.2 apg, 44.3 FG%

    Jeff Green: 13.7 ppg, 51.7 FG%

    Jason Terry: 11.2 ppg, 55.8 FG%

    Courtney Lee: 10.3 ppg, 42.1 FG%

    Brandon Bass: 8.5 ppg, 50 FG%

    You'll notice that these are substantial improvements from the way they were playing before Rondo's injury:

    Garnett: 14.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 49.2 FG%

    Pierce: 18.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.8 apg, 42.0 FG%

    Green: 9.6 ppg, 42.7 FG%

    Terry: 9.8 ppg, 42.6 FG%

    Lee: 7.3 ppg, 47.4 FG%

    Bass: 7.4 ppg, 44.6 FG%

    While Garnett, Green and Lee have seen their production skyrocket, Pierce's ppg average has actually slipped with Rondo out of the lineup. That's partly because Pierce is taking fewer shots (13.2 attempts per game during the winning streak compared to 15.0 in his first 43 games) and acting as sort of a point forward, getting his teammates involved and only looking to score as a last resort. Pierce has also flexed his muscle as a rebounder during the streak, pulling down almost 10 boards a game (5.7 rpg before Rondo got injured).

    The only drawback to Pierce's new role as distributor is that it's made him more turnover-prone (3.7 TO per game since Rondo went out versus just 2.4 before the injury).

    By sharing the wealth and buckling down on defense (a lot of credit there has to go to Avery Bradley) some of Boston's less heralded players like Green and Lee have suddenly become fantasy options. Even Bass (7.6 ppg) should see an increase in ownership now that Jared Sullinger (6.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg) is out with a season-ending back injury.

    Two weeks ago when Rondo's injury first came to light, head coach Doc Rivers told reporters, "You can write the obituary; I'm not."

    No thanks, Doc. I'll let someone else write it.




    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Jesse Pantuosco at jpantuosco@sportsnetwork.com.

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      Great 38: Win tickets to Daytona 500

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      Here's your chance to win tickets to the 2015 Daytona 500. Entering is easy, simply fill out the entry form included. More>>

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      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

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      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

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      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

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      How this guide dog helps one blind triathlete chase her Paralympic dream

      Updated:

      Every time Paralympic hopeful Amy Dixon makes it to the end of another grueling triathlon, she knows her trusty companion will be waiting for her at the finish line. Sixteen years after she lost vision in her right eye, which she says she viewed as "a death sentence" at the time,  More>>

      Legoland Florida hotel to open in spring; built for kids

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      Legoland Florida Hotel will welcome its first guests a month earlier than previously expected.During an announcement Thursday, Legoland executives announced May 15 as the revised opening date.  More>>

      3 rhinos escape from safari zoo, return safely Video included

      Updated:

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      VIRAL VIDEO: Bossy 4-year-old girl feeds 6 pit bull dogs

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      Updated:

      A video of a very authoritative 4-year-old girl feeding six very obedient pit pulls in the middle of a kitchen has gone viral on the web and is prompting a heated debate about the pit bull breed.
      More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | January 17-18 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each

      Updated:

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      109th Tarpon Springs Epiphany: Schedule of Events, Road Closures

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      Updated:

      The 109th Epiphany celebration begins Monday, January 5 with the Arrival of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the blessing of the fleet and continues on Tuesday, January 6 with Epiphany Services, Procession, Cross Dive and Glendi Celebration.  More>>

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