The Celtics hung in against the superior-talented Nets and Clippers in losses this past week. And what did we learn from that?
For one, says CSNNE.com Celtics insider Sherrod Blakely, Jeff Green's play has become steadier.
"The consistency we've been begging and tweeting for is finally starting to come to fruition," Blakely said on "SportsNet Central." He pointed to Green's 29-point performance in the loss to Brooklyn as an example of that.
Another takeaway: The absence of Rajon Rondo is starting to be felt at crunch time.
"At the end of the day, this team needed Rajon Rondo [still recovering from surgery on his torn ACL]," Blakely said. When you looked at the way Chris Paul directed the Clippers in the fourth quarter of their victory at TD Garden, Blakely said, you see the kind of role Rondo played for the Celtics when healthy.
As for Rondo's replacement, Jordan Crawford, who is averaging more than 21 points a game, Blakely said whether Crawford is used as a trade chip or remains a key part of the team "depends on how he performs when Rajon Rondo comes back."
"If he can accept a more diminished role, he's as good a backup as you can find for your four-time All-Star [Rondo]," Blakely said.