Originally Posted by LiLharvard
It seems this thread wasn't so outlandish seeing as almost every sports network and website is posing the same question. -looking at you RMG
The question I posed was, Does Pierce and Rondo in tandem, hold each other back? I find the situation similar to the Miami heats problem with Lebron and Wade struggling to run the offense together, both teams have 2 great playmakers but like the celtics they have only seen positive results with one of them in the lineup.
With Pierce and Rondo, its no longer a question of if, it's who? Which Player do you think is better being the sole leader of the offense? It's a very tough question because both players have excelled whilst riding solo and as you will see both players have almost identical stats. When Pierce was out with his heel injury, Rondo was putting up 22 & 10 per. compared to his 13 and 9 when sharing the playmaking duties with Pierce. In the past 8 games though, with Rondo out, Pierce has also put up 22 and 8 in comparison to 15 and 4 with Rondo in the lineup.
So statistically, the two are neck and neck with Rondo having a slight edge in the assists department. However, Pierce has the overall advantage with leading the team to a 7-2 record compared to Rondo's 0-3 record.
If I'm Danny Ainge I'm looking at these stats, I'm thinking to myself if I trade one of these players the team isn't going to regress it will stay the same ( last 10 games 7-2) Trading Pierce with his current form could net some pretty good value and on the other hand we can trade Rondo to make some noise in the Dwight Howard stakes.
Don't look at me, look at 2 Finals appearances. You are ignoring 5 years of great basketball because the team went 7-2 over 9 games. I don't want to get into what I really think of this discussion because I'm trying to be a less offensive poster. You're going to trade Rondo to get Howard? Really? Why would Orlando trade Dwight Howard for a guy that (according to you) isn't more valuable than Paul Pierce? And Howard will sign on with a team that has no star under 34? And somehow Rondo is 0-3? Was Garnett 0-3? There's a lot that goes into wins and losses beyond the control of the best player.
Far more important: The team is averaging well under 100 points over the last 9 games. You think this is the best the offense can possibly be? Because I don't. I'm fairly sure that when Rondo returns he will do a better job running the offense than Bradley (what's he average, 6 and 3?) while Pierce still does his thing. Rondo is a facilitator that makes it easier for Pierce to score and Pierce is a scorer/shooter that makes it easier for Rondo to get the team baskets. They compliment each other and have been a part of years of success.
But you want to run wild over 9 games? Amazing.