Coach Doc Rivers admitted afterward that he is probably going to ride Rondo 36-38 minutes a game this season. That's a large burden for a 21-year-old second-year player, but a necessary one until someone emerges as a capable backup.
Still, while Rivers says he is "happy with my guys," Boston may have to look outside the organization for help. One league executive believes free agent Earl Boykins would be a good fit in Boston, though the Celtics have shown no inkling that they are interested in the 5-5 scoring guard. Another possibility is a potential trade with the Grizzlies (run by former Celtics general manager Chris Wallace), who are stocked at the position with Damon Stoudamire, Kyle Lowry and rookie Mike Conley, as well as Spanish combo guard Juan Carlos Navarro.