It doesn't make much sense, does it?
The Celtics lose their All-Star point guard for the year, and start to play . . . better?
That's been the case for Boston through four games this season, and the numbers - including the team's 4-0 record - back it up.
Over the last four games, Boston is averaging more than five points per game more than the first 43. They're also allowing an average of more than five points less than the first 43 games.
And get this: Although Rajon Rondo was the NBA's leader in assists, and the C's averaged 23 assists per game with him, they're averaging 24.8 without him.
"We're just moving the ball a lot more, getting everybody involved," Courtney Lee said. "Rondo, he was primary play-maker, so he would make plays for everybody else and he would rack up assists. But with the personnel, everybody else's game is more of a move, catch & attack and playing in sets. So that's what we've been able to do."