|Posted by GreenBanner18 on March 20, 2010 at 4:27 PM|
It came as no surprise to me that when Rondo's point total went down, the teams winning percentage went up. The team has looked great in the past three games, and I think we could all agree on that. The difference I have seen at the point guard position, is that our pg is no longer looking to attack the basket to score on every possession. It is great when it is wide open, so he can. It is also great to do it from time to time to keep the defense honest. It is not, however, great for it to be the Celtics first option on offense.
The past three games against the Pistons, Knicks, and Rockets, Rondo has had 3,5, and 2 points respectively. In the last month he has only scored under 10 points once and that just so happened to be the demolition of the Charlotte Bobcats.
You can look back in the schedule and say, "Ya but, the Celtics have lost just as many games when Rondo scores in single digits for points as they have won." You would be absolutely correct. What is beneath the surface, though, is that the Celtics were dealing with numerous injuries. That was a point in the season when Rondo HAD to score, or else the team had no scoring capabilities. Now that the key set of guys are back, the Celtics need to be the team they have always been, and that is Rondo opening the floor by passing, driving, and kicking out.
His assist totals do not have to be monstrous. It is great when they are, but it only tells half the story. Rondo can create great situations at the offensive end, just by doing what he does and giving the ball to any one of the other 4 players on the court. The vets are good at passing, and can keep the ball moving until the best shot is available. That can not happen when the ball becomes glued to Rondo's hands because he feels he needs to be the scorer on the team. He doesn't, and it is showing that the Celtics we know are back.
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