I would like to interrupt the constant stream of Cassell news and updates to focus on the guy who still holds the keys to this team. (via Bulpett)
Meanwhile, Rivers made it a point to say the free agent signing is not a statement on Rajon Rondo.
"No," Rivers said. "This is Rajon’s team. That’s not going to change. He’s the point guard of this team. He’s going to remain the point guard of this team. We just want to have backup.
While it’s true that Cassell could usurp some of Rondo’s minutes in crunch time as the Celts take advantage of his steady hand and experience, Rivers appreciates what Rondo has done in guiding the club to the best record in the NBA. In addition, he has seen the improvements the 22-year-old has made as this season has advanced.
"And he’s just going to keep getting better," Rivers said. "His biggest step is going to come later, though. As great as he’s been, he’s going to get another test. Rajon’s never going to stop getting tested. That’s what we always talk about.
"In the playoffs, they’re going to really force him - I mean really force him - to beat you. They’re doing it a little bit now. They do it more in the fourth quarters, but they don’t do it for a game. In the playoffs, it’s going to be for the game, the whole game. That’s where he’s just going to have to keep understanding that he has to get shots that the team needs, not the shots that they’re giving him. That’s going to be tough for him, but he’ll be fine because he just keeps getting better at it."
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