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Doc Rivers: Celtics will be using a ‘no point guard’ system without Rajon Rondo

01.29.13 at 3:58 pm ET
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There’s little doubt that Doc Rivers is the man with the biggest adjustment to make in light of the season-ending knee injury to Rajon Rondo.

Rivers announced Tuesday before practice that his team will now do what the second unit has been doing all season – essentially playing with “no point guard” system, where everything is based on pure ball movement instead of one player dictating a certain play.

“That part, honestly, I don’t think it’s much different,” Rivers said. “If you watch our second unit, that’s what they were doing. I don’t see a lot of change there.

“We’re already doing it a lot with the second unit. The first unit was watching it, what we were doing with the ball movement. There was no point guard system with that unit. That unit was becoming very successful. Now, the entire team does that. We did it once so far against Miami. Now, we just have to get better at it.”

There will be exceptions, like when Paul Pierce brings the ball up the court, especially in pressure situations. He has the experience to adjust since he was doing that for Boston well before Rondo landed on the scene in the 2006-07 season.

“I don’t think it’s that big,” Rivers said. “We work on it with the second unit against the first unit in practice. The difference is they’ll just do it full-time now. There’ll be games where I anticipate someone will pressure us and someone else will have to bring the ball up. Those are the things we have to work on, getting the ball up the floor in a quick manner. I think those are the things we’ll work on more.

“There’ll be a lot adjustments. You have to be careful with your play call. You simplify it and let them play through space and read it from there.”

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