The Boston Celtics have now played two preseason games, losing both. Moral victories could be in abundance this season, just as Jeff Clark over at CelticsBlog, wrote. It's going to be a year full of real losses with some silver linings. After the first two games one of those silver linings is their ability to pass the basketball.
While Rajon Rondo, the assist master, sits and watches, his teammates are racking up assists at a very impressive clip. In their game against the Toronto Raptors the Celtics had 25 assists on 33 field goals. Kelly Olynyk led the team with five. Nine of the 12 players that played collected at least one dime.
Last season, when Rondo got hurt the team spread out the assists that Rondo used to accrue all for himself. Now, it seems like this new crop of Celtics is doing the same thing. They are passing the ball, creating for teammates, and running the floor.
The game against the New York Knicks was not much different in the assist category. Nine players had at least one assist and the team assisted on 28 of 40 field goals. Meaning in two games they had 53 assists on 73 field goals. A pretty impressive stat.
Hopefully, Rajon Rondo is noticing that his teammates are capable of sharing the ball and creating offense, too. Rondo has a tendency to pound the ball and control the offense through penetration and dribbling on the perimeter. Rondo is surrounded by players that want to share the ball. He's got big men that are fantastic players. Now, Rondo will have to prove he can make players around him better by allowing them to play to their strengths. His return could be felt dramatically if players like Olynyk and Sullinger lose their freedom to create for teammates.
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