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Sunday, January 27, 2013
With or without you

By Chris Forsberg

AP Photo/Charles KrupaRajon Rondo will be confined to the bench for the rest of the 2012-13 season.
With a tip of the cap to our friends at ESPN Stats and Info, a few quick stats on the Celtics' performance with and without Rajon Rondo:

THE BOTTOM LINE: WINS AND LOSSES
The Celtics actually have a slightly better winning percentage without Rajon Rondo over the last four seasons compared to with him in the lineup:

 
THE NUMBERS GAME
Dig deeper into the numbers over the last four seasons and, while Boston's offense falls off without Rondo, it's defense also improves:

 
C'S FINE WITHOUT RONDO THIS SEASON
This season, Boston's numbers have been better without Rondo. The Celtics have played 744 minutes without Rondo this season and efficiency measures (points per 100 possessions) have been slightly better both offensively and defensively in that category without him.


Clearly, losing an All-Star point guard is not a positive for Boston, but the numbers suggest they have been able to weather short bursts without him. The question is whether Boston can sustain those numbers with Rondo set to miss the final 38 regular-season games and the playoffs this season.