Rajon Rondo Out: Is Boston Being Severely Undermanned a Blessing in Disguise?

December 17th, 2010 by B. Leave a reply »
Very few teams have a fourth center. Very few teams end up starting their fourth center, who also happens to be a rookie. To say that they are injury ridden is an understatement. They are out five players with Von Wafer's status still uncertain.

When any other team is potentially down six players, it is almost never a good thing. The depth of the Celtics have not only softened the impact of losing such key pieces but might have even turned it into a blessing in disguise.

With the depth the Celtics have, there is a problem in playing time. At the start of the season, nobody would've thought any of the three rookies would see significant playing time. Von Wafer was a doubtful prospect.

They started off down a man in Perkins. As the season progressed, J. O'Neal sustained an early injury leading him to miss the bulk of the season, Delonte West broke his wrist and eventually Shaq was sidelined for his calves. Finally, Rondo is now out for two weeks thanks to a bad step causing him to sprain his ankle.

The absences of players are making other players step up and improve their game. First, Semih Erden is making a statement. While he is still ...

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