As mentioned previously, Rondo was the key to success for 2011. With Rondo's dislocation of his left elbow in game #3, it was incredible that he came back on the floor later in that game to lead the Celtics to a win. His arm hung limply in game #4 and game #5. It was an incredible performance.
For 2012, the team may need to consider a few things:
- Coach Rivers may not be coming back. If this is the case, they should find someone over the summer to fill in a passing mindset with good defensive strategy.
- Shaq does not look like his body can handle anymore basketball. Jermaine O'Neal is not a good replacement for Kendrick Perkins. I have not felt any confidence in any of their other center positions. They should try to do some smart "shopping" over the summer to get a center with a defensive mindset with a hard-work mentality.
- Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett are approaching the sunsets of their careers. Garnett is only playing with bursts of brilliance every other game. Pierce and Allen should be OK for the next year. They need to find quality backups for all these roles in the next 2 years.