With Rondo out, Pressey trying to make an impression

With Rondo out, Pressey trying to make an impression
November 18, 2013, 3:00 pm
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The return of Rajon Rondo from his torn right ACL will be a mixed blessing for Phil Pressey.

Pressey will get to see one of the NBA's best playmakers, on a day-in and day-out basis, do what he does best.

Rondo's return will surely make the Celtics a better team. But it will also mean more time on the bench for Pressey, which is the last thing a rookie looking to prove himself, wants.

Until then, Pressey will continue to do all he can to impress the Celtics coaching staff.

"That's all I can do, is just try to play my game, keep getting better and help this team win," Pressey told CSNNE.com.

Rondo is not expected to be back on the court until sometime next month at the earlest, which means Pressey will continue to play behind starter Jordan Crawford.

"The main thing is to always stay ready," Pressey said. "That's what the players, coaches keep telling me, so that's what I try to do."

Pressey's numbers don't begin to tell the impact he has made on the Celtics in terms of his on-court presence and ability to help the team play at a quicker, more effective pace.

When Pressey is on the floor, the Celtics have a pace (points per 100 possessions) of 100.38. Overall, the number is only 96.6.

"Coach [Brad Stevens] emphasizes pushing the ball," Pressey said. "That's one of our strengths, pushing it in transition. I feel like if you can get easy buckets in transition, that's how we play. It makes it easier for us."

Easy points can't come often enough for the Celtics, who rank among the NBA's bottom 10 in scoring.

And while Pressey isn't in the same basketball class as Rondo, his play has been a plus for the Celtics.

"We don't do some things as well with [Pressey] out there," said Stevens, "but we do a lot of things better."