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Which Guard Needs To Step Up The Most For The Celtics?

Doc Rivers has said that he will find someone within his own locker room to step up in the absence of Rajon Rondo for the remainder of the season. The question is, who will it be?

Jason Terry, Leandro Barbosa, Courtney Lee, and Avery Bradley have all got to step up, I don't think any 1 player can duplicate what Rondo brings to the court. Rajon Rondo accounts for 16.9 of the average 36.7 made field goals that the Boston Celtics average as a team. That's 46% of the offense coming from your point guard. Rondo accounts for 48% of the assists, 21% of the steals, and 13% of the rebounds.

The Boston Celtics are 3-3 without Rondo. Two of those wins coming against championship contending teams (the Miami Heat, and the New York Knicks).

The first game without Rondo was against the Nets in which Leandro Barbosa started in his place. Barbosa had 17 points, and 2 assists, shooting 45% from the field, in 30 minutes. Jason Terry had 10 points and 6 assists, on 43% shooting, and 50% from 3-point range in 28 minutes. Courtney Lee had 13 points, and 9 rebounds, shooting 50% from the field, and 50% from 3-point range, in 33 minutes. The Celtics lost 97-102, and the Celtics had 17 total assists on 35 made field goals (the season average is 23).

The next game was against the Portland Trailblazers. Courtney Lee had the chance to start this time. Lee had 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, shooting 40% from the field, and 0/2 from 3-point range, in 36 minutes. Jason Terry had 17 points, on 64% shooting from the field, and 40% from 3-point range, in 31 minutes. Leandro Barbosa had 9 points on 60% shooting from the field, and 1/1 from 3-point range in 20 minutes. Once again, Bradley wasn't playing yet, and the Celtics won 96-78, with 20 assists on 36 made field goals.

The Bucks came up next. Lee had 13 points, shooting 55% from the field, and 1/2 from 3-point range, in 39 minutes. Terry had 15 points, shooting 29% from the field, and 22% from 3-point range in 40 minutes. Barbosa only played 12 minutes, going 0/4 from the field. Bradley still didn't play, and the Celtics fell 88-91. The Celtics had 26 assists on 34 made field goals.

The Golden State Warriors were next up. Lee had 18 points on 46% shooting from the field, and 66% from 3-point range in 40 minutes. Terry had 13 points on 32% shooting from the field, and 14% from 3-point range in 39 minutes. Barbosa and Bradley didn't play in this game. The Celtics fell 101-83. They had18 assists on 31 made field goals.

Then the New York Knicks came up. Bradley was finally back in the starting lineup, and had 13 points shooting 55% from the field, and 33% from 3-point range, in 32 minutes. Terry had 2 points on 14% shooting from the field, and 0/3 from 3-point range, in 30 minutes. Lee had 5 points on 33% shooting from the field, and 1/2 from 3-point range in 19 minutes. Barbosa had 8 points on 3/3 shooting from the field, in 13 minutes. The Celtics win 102-96. The Celtics had 26 assists on 39 made field goals.

The most recent game was the Miami Heat, in which the Celtics started Courtney Lee once again. Bradley had 9 points on 38% shooting, and 1/2 from 3-point range in 25 minutes. Lee had 4 points on 14% shooting from the field, and 0/2 from 3-point range in 25 minutes. Terry had 13 points on 33% shooting from the field, and 14% from 3-point range. Barbosa had 9 points on 50% shooting from the field, and 1/1 from 3-point range in 30 minutes. The Celtics win 98-100. The Celtics had 24 assists on 36 made field goals.

Doc Rivers has a shorter guard rotation, which means those 4 players would likely get more consistent minutes. Doc Rivers has his work cut out for him. In addition, if there was ever a time for Paul Pierce to break out of the funk he's been in, it's got to be now. The Celtics have their next 2 games against the lowly Kings, and Magic. The Celtics need to take advantage of these games. There are rumors that Bynum is getting closer and closer to playing, and the 76ers are not too far off from that 8th spot.

Can the Celtics maintain that 8th seed? Can they even rise a little higher up on the playoff ladder? Who will have to step up the most for the Celtics to succeed?

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