|Posted by GreenBanner18 on March 10, 2010 at 1:08 AM|
Alot of praise came about Rondo after last nights game against the Bucks. He instantly got the Tommy Award and Tommy said he was what kept the Celtics in the game. Rondo did have a great offensive game, winding up with 20 points on 6-10 FG and 8-9 from the free throw line even. The problem with that, is that is a great Ray Allen or Paul Pierce night, not a Rondo night.
The way the Celtics perform is through passing and ball movement. Through watching the entire game, the offensive end of the court was very flat. There was very little ball movement and a lot of one on one's. How the Celtics perform at their best is when they make too many passes. I tend to get frustrated when the team passes up a good shot and makes the extra pass that was not needed. But then I have to remind myself that that means things are going good. That means the team is playing the way they need to play to win ball games.
This all starts with Rondo. When Rondo is putting up monsterous assist totals during a game, that typically means the ball is moving fairly well. Then if KG has a good assist mark, that is even better. Those two players are the primary source for offensive ball movement. Like I said, though, it starts with Rondo.
In last nights game against the Bucks, Rondo had 6 assists in 37.5 minutes played. That doesn't quite cut it. When Rondo turns into more of a scorer than a point guard, the offense goes out of whack. He is not a scorer... Ray, PP, and KG are.
Ray Allen got 3 shot attempts last night. I could sit here and write out the word "THREE" a hundred times to emphasize it, but I think you already get the point. That is not enough. Ray Allen in 2 games since the trade deadline has not put up good numbers. In those games he has taken 2 shots in one game and 3 shots as he did in last nights game. Surrounding those 2 games he has put up numbers in the high teens to low 20's.
You know where I am going with this. Rondo didn't do what he needed to do to get Ray Allen involved in last nights game. None of this can fall on Ray's shoulders. He barely even touched the ball, and it had nothing to do with his lack of movement. He was doing what he always does, but wasnt getting fed. Outside of his 3 threes, I can only remember 1 time he had the ball in any kind of position to maybe drive the ball.
I have said it before- I have said it here- and I'll say it again- Rondo needs to be the giver for the Celtics to run. If not, we may see many more 84 point nights.
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