It’s been more than a month now, and we’ve all seen what we’ve seen. So . . . are the Celtics a better team without Rajon Rondo, or aren’t they?
It’s a tricky question that neither Doc Rivers nor Danny Ainge could possibly take a shot at answering in public. To acknowledge that something good is going on that can be directly traceable to the deletion of a player who was supposed to be the cornerstone of the enterprise for several years would create a dialogue no one in the organization could tolerate.