Rajon Rondo made a statement in Friday night's win over the Nets.
The captain put on his best performance of the season, scoring 20 points and finishing just shy of a triple-double with seven rebounds and nine assists.
The fact that his performance came against Paul Pierce's new team was icing on the cake.
Cedric Maxwell joins Sports Tonight to discuss Friday's victory, and says Rondo's future, however, may not be in Boston.
"He’s probably one of the better point guards in the NBA," said Maxwell.
Players like that fetch tempting trade offers.
"I don’t think you [trade him] until Rondo proves he’s completely healthy," says Maxwell. "That is the only time you’re going to get full trade value for a guy like Rondo.
"Is he happy here? Yes he is. But if the Celtics came up with a great deal would they possibly move him? I think they would."
While Rondo was busy shredding the Nets with his new weapon - the three-point shot - his former teammate wasn't enjoying the same kind of success.
In his second trip to the Garden since being traded to the Nets, Pierce received none of the spectacle that he got last time.
No video tribute. No pomp and circumstance, just a 91-84 defeat.
"[The excitement of returning and facing your old team] starts to wear off," says Maxwell. "It becomes another game."
Even still, it's always special when the Truth is in the house.
"Paul Pierce loves this building, he loves the crowd, he loves the atmosphere," says Maxwell. "It’s a great time whenever he comes back to the building."
Pierce was by no means the only Net to struggle. Brooklyn started the game by missing their first 17 three-pointers.
"You look at the Nets and go ‘what are you doing’?," says Maxwell. "The Celtics didn’t really have any shot blockers in but the Nets continued to hoist up three-pointers."
No complaints from the Boston side...